Department of Energy Seeks Input on Wind Energy Workforce Development Roadmap

June 30, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to gain public input on the development of a Wind Energy Workforce Roadmap, which will provide details on the current workforce landscape in the wind industry as well as future steps necessary to train and develop a green workforce for the sector. 

The purpose of the Roadmap is to establish the policy objectives and overall direction that workforce development efforts throughout the wind industry should assume as it moves forward.  This RFI provides leaders from academia, industry and government with the opportunity to provide insight and guidance to DOE as the Nation ramps up its wind energy production. A draft Roadmap document has been developed, and the public may provide comments on the initial draft or may provide alternative or additional viewpoints.

This RFI does not constitute a request for specific project proposals. The information being sought under this RFI is intended to assist DOE and the wind industry in maximizing ongoing efforts to spark interest and skills development in the growing wind industry.

The information collected may be used for internal DOE planning and decision-making to align future activities under the Wind and Water Power Program with the Administration's goals for increased use of renewable energy and domestic job creation.

DOE will not reimburse costs associated with preparing any documents for this RFI, and there is no guarantee that a funding opportunity announcement will be issued subsequent to this RFI.

View the full text of the RFI at the FedConnect website.

Comments must be provided by no later than July 30, 2010.

The mission of the DOE Wind Program is to focus the passion, ingenuity, and diversity of the nation to enable the rapid expansion of clean, affordable, reliable, and domestic wind power to promote national security, economic vitality, and environmental quality. For more information on how DOE works to develop and deploy wind power technologies, see the Wind and Water Power Program’s website.