RETool for Renewable Energy Jobs

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PROFESSOR STEPHEN LAWRENCE

LEEDS SCHOOL OF BUSI NESS

UNI VERSI TY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER

RETool

for

Renewable Energy Jobs

Agenda


Topics


Renewable energy: Why now?


Business opportunities


Renewable energy jobs


Wind energy jobs


Solar energy jobs


Biofuel

jobs


Smart grid
jobs


Energy efficiency jobs


US stimulus funds for renewable energy


Observations & recommendations


Goal
: A go
-
forward path for a career in RE

3

Renewable Energy (RE)

WHY NOW?

Volatile Oil Prices

4

http://www.wtrg.com/daily/clspot.gif

Declining Fossil Fuel Supplies

5

Boyle,
Renewable Energy,
Oxford University Press (2004)

GeoPolitical

Concerns

6

Environmental Impacts (Power Gen)

7

Renewable Energy,
Directive 2001/77/EC, European Commission (27 September 2001),

CO
2

& Global
Warming

8

Wikipedia.org,
Climate Change, Global Warming

articles

Government Regulation

A Matter of Perspective…

Threat

Opportunity

11

Business Opportunities

Clean Energy Revenue Growth

12

Clean Energy Trends,
CleanEdge
, 2009

Global RE Investment (2008)

13

Clean Energy Trends,
CleanEdge
, 2009

Growth of Venture Investment

14

Clean Energy Trends,
CleanEdge
, 2009

Renewable Energy Job Growth

Indeed.com

Wind & Solar Job Growth

Clean Energy Trends,
CleanEdge
, 2009

Renewable Energy Job Types in 2030

Green Collar Jobs in the US and Colorado
, ASES, 2009

Wind Energy Jobs

Global Wind Capacity Growth

19

Energy Technology Perspectives, OECD/IEA 2008

Wind Energy Cost Trends

20

Energy Technology Perspectives, OECD/IEA 2008

US Utility Scale Wind Energy

Total
21,017

MW

as of 28
-
Sep
-
08

21

www.AWEA.org 2008

Jobs in Wind Energy

http://www.careersinwind.com/


Project Managers


Wind Turbine Sales


Tax Manager


Sales/Service Director


Contracts Director


Director of Real Estate


Construction Manager


Technical Director


Sr. VP Project Dev.


VP Marketing &
BusDev


Operations
Administrator


Commercial Analyst


General Manager


Wind Engineer


Wind Service Manager


Composite Engineer



Typical Job Wind Job Postings

http://www.careersinwind.com/

Some Colorado Wind Energy Companies

Solar Energy Jobs

PV Exponential Growth

Energy Technology Perspectives, OECD/IEA 2008

26

Grid Parity by 2010


2015

Challenges:


Reducing cost


Improving performance
and reliability


Maintaining balance
between supply and
demand (
polysilicon

supply, manufacturing
capacity, distribution/
installation networks)


Understanding and
acceptance by financial
sector, regulators, utilities


Integrating solar with
other systems (grid,
buildings)

27

Margolis,
Solar Energy: Rapidly Evolving Technologies, Markets, and Policies
, NREL/DOE 2008

US Solar Resource Map

http://www.seia.org/cs/about_solar_energy/myths_and_facts

28

Some Colorado Solar Companies

Biofuel

Jobs

Global Growth
of
BioDiesel

Capacity

BioDiesel

2020,
Emerging Markets Online, www.emerging
-
markets.com

IEA
Biofuel

Cost Projections

Energy Technology Perspectives,
IEA 2008

Some Colorado
Biofuel

Companies

Smart Grid Jobs

US Electric Transmission Grid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission

Transmission System

1.
HV transmission

2.
Substation

3.
Main distribution

4.
Local distribution


Overhead


Underground

5.
Service lines


Overhead


Underground



Smart Grids


Marriage of electricity grids with information nets


Self
-
healing, resistant to attack (like the Internet)


Higher quality power; fewer outages


Time
-
of
-
day pricing (shape customer demand)


Accommodate renewable energy sources


Run efficiently and effectively


Better control of transmission and distribution


Provide customer choice and incentives



Smart Grid Positions

http://www.gridwise.org/kema.html

Colorado Smart Grid Players

Other Technologies

www.lookintoireland.com/marineturb.jpg

werievents.wordpress.com

www.theoildrum.com/node/5216

Other Technologies


Hydro energy


Small scale hydro dams


Pumped hydro


Geothermal energy


Natural steam


Hot rock cracking


Oceanic energy


Wave energy


Tidal energy


Ocean current energy


Carbon sequestration


Small scale wind & solar


Energy storage


Batteries, flywheels, super
capacitors, hydrogen, …


Distributed generation


Bio & electric vehicles


Exotic energy sources


Ship sails


Ocean chimneys


Zero point energy



Energy Efficiency

Energy Wedges for CO
2

Reduction

43

Kutchner

(
ed
),
Tackling Climate Change in the US
, American Solar Energy Society, January 2007

Energy

Efficiency

Costs & Benefits


Low Carbon Economy

Pathways to a Low
-
Carbon Economy,
McKinsey
, 2009

Energy Efficiency Jobs in 2030

Green Collar Jobs in the US and Colorado
, ASES, 2009

U.S.

CO

US RE Stimulation Funds

US 2009 Stimulus Package

http://www.recovery.gov/

RE Stimulus Expenditures


Categories

0
5,000
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
Geothermal
RE Training
RE Science
Transport
Carbon Capture
RE Loans
RE Tax Credits
Electric Grid
Efficiency
Millions of Dollars ($)
Chart by S.R. Lawrence from data on Recovery.gov

Observations &
Recommendations

Renewable Energy Value Chain

50

Pater,
A Framework for Evaluating the Total Value Proposition of Clean Energy Technologies,
NREL/TP
-
620
-
38597, Feb 2006

Observations and Recommendations


RE is
here to stay


RE is about
business

&
business skills


RE needs the skills
you

have


Identify and study a
single sector


Pick a technology or sector that fits you best; that you like


Play to
your strengths


Don’t start from zero
;
retool

the skills you already have


Network, network,
network!


Colorado Green Tech
Meetup

(
http://alternativeenergy.meetup.com/171/
)


Other organizations and trade groups

RE Industry Resources & References


Renewable Energy


NREL.gov


EERE.energy.gov


EIA.DOE.gov


IEA.org (international)


Wind Energy


AWEA.org


Windustry.org


GWEC.org


Biofuels


Biodiesel.org


EthanolRFA.org


NBB.org



Solar Energy


ASES.org


SEIA.org


COSEIA.org (Colorado)


SolarBuzz.com


Energy Efficiency


ASE.org


EEBA.org


ACEEE.org


General


Greenbiz.com


Cleantech.com

Online RE Job Postings


Monster.com


Indeed.com


RenewableEnergyJobs.net


GreenJobs.com


SustainableBusiness.com/Jobs


Jobs.Treehugger.com


Jobs.Greenbiz.com


SolarJobs.com


WindJobs.com


Ecojobs.com



NREL.gov/employment/job_openings.html


www1.eere.energy.gov/education/careers.html

RETool

Renewable Electricity Workshop


CU
Leeds School of Business & the CU Energy
Initiative


October 29


Thu


8:30
-
5:30 PM


Downtown Denver


Topics


Overview of renewable electricity


How much do they cost; how well do they work?


Business opportunities in renewable electricity


Key challenges for renewable electricity technologies


How do I break into this growing industry?


Panel
discussion with RE
entrepreneurs


Future workshops


Weds Nov 18: Energy efficiency


Weds Jan 20:

Smart grids


Visit
http://Leeds.colorado.edu/RETool

for details

PROFESSOR STEPHEN LAWRENCE

STEPHEN.LAWRENCE@COLORADO.EDU

Questions
?



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-
faculty.colorado.edu/Lawrence/
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