And so are many utility jobs! Take, for instance, Stephen Morgan, the former CEO of Jersey Central Power & Light. Morgan retired from JCP&L in 2009 to start American Clean Energy, a solar power development business in Saddle Brook. After more than 33 years in the traditional energy development business, Morgan went solar because he believes strongly that renewable energy is the way of the future.
Atlantic City Electric in Mays Landing launched its Green Power Connection Team of workers in the past few years to meet the growing customer demand for alternative energy. “In the last three years, the number of requests has progressively increased,” says Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric’s region president. “So far, 3,400 customers in our service area have gone solar and [signed up for] wind energy. The majority is solar with 91 megawatts connected to the grid. We are installing 500 to 1,000 customers a year, both residential and commercial.”
What does this mean for you? Ever greener opportunities in the utilities industry. Public Service Enterprise Group’s 2008 report on “Developing New Jersey’s Green Energy Workforce” states that a green job is defined generally as one that reduces human’s negative impact on the environment. New Jersey has set three energy goals by 2020: Reduce demand for electricity and non-electric heat by 20% of projected levels; generate 20% of electricity from renewable resources; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels. “If New Jersey is to meet its goals for combating climate change and transitioning to a green economy, it must begin to develop its green workforce,” concludes the report.
To better understand career sectors within the green industry, go to NJ Greenhouse’s “Green Career Portal” at http://www.njgreenhouse.com/node/56/ .
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