Building Oregon’s Clean Energy Workforce

To create Oregon’s clean energy future, we need workers of all kinds: EV charger installers, linemen, construction workers, policymakers, science educators – and many more.

That’s why we’re collaborating with partners across the state to create new pathways to these careers, so that the clean energy workforce of tomorrow reflects the diversity of our state.

Convening partners from across the industry

In 2022, PGE launched the Oregon Clean Energy Workforce Coalition (OCEWC) to tackle some of the industry’s biggest workforce challenges. OCEWC is comprised of stakeholders from around the state including representatives from state, Tribal, and local governments, labor unions, workforce development boards, education and training providers, employers, and community-based organizations. Together, we’ve received several federal grants to advance our efforts.

Oregon Clean Energy Workforce coalition members:

Organizations:

  • Avangrid Renewables

  • Eugene Water and Electric Board

  • NextEra

  • Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

  • Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities Association

  • Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association

  • Community Renewable Energy Association

  • Oregon Solar and Storage Industries Association

  • Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative

  • Pacific Power, Portland General Electric

  • Renewable Northwest

  • Umatilla Cooperative

  • Vestas

Organizations:

  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation

  • ChargerHelp!

  • Clackamas Community College

  • Columbia Gorge Community College

  • Lane Community College

  • Leaders Become Legends

  • Mt. Hood Community College

  • Oregon Training Institute

  • SkillsUSA

  • Treasure Valley Community College

Organizations:

  • ATU Local 57

  • Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council

  • IBEW Local 125

  • IBEW Local 48

  • Ironworkers Local 29

  • Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council

  • Oregon & Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers

  • Western States Carpenters

Organizations:

  • Blue Green Alliance

  • Climate Solutions

  • Constructing Hope

  • Earth Advantage

  • Energy Trust of Oregon

  • EnerCity Collaborative

Organizations:

Clackamas Workforce Partnership

East Cascades Works

Lane Workforce Partnership

Oregon Workforce Talent Development Board

Prosper Portland

Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board

Worksystems Inc.

Organizations:

  • Association of Oregon Counties

  • Bonneville Power Administration

  • Oregon Department of Energy

  • Oregon Department of Education

  • Oregon Department of Transportation

  • Oregon Housing and Community Services

  • Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

  • Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

  • Prosper Portland

Organization:

  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

“PGE knows that creating a clean, reliable, and equitable energy future for Oregon requires investments in the people to help us build it. We’re proud to work with our coalition partners to build a more inclusive workforce that will meet the needs of employers today and in the future.”

– Anne Mersereau, Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Oregon Clean Energy Workforce Coalition grants

Oregon Clean Energy Workforce Coalition selected as a member of the Quality Green Jobs Regional Challenge

This first round of funding will allow PGE and coalition of partners aim to gain a deeper understanding of regional needs, risks and opportunities related to jobs in the clean energy labor market. The clean energy economy has a role for everyone, and – together with our partners – we’re proud to be a leader in efforts to shape a more inclusive and equitable energy industry.

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Oregon Clean Energy Workforce Coalition receives grant to develop a skilled, diverse and inclusive clean energy workforce

OCEWC will utilize funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Critical Sectors Job Quality Grants Program to scale and expand a pre-apprenticeship program at Oregon correctional facilities, to engage youth in energy career learning opportunities, and to collaborate with community-based organizations to improve access to clean energy jobs for career seekers throughout Oregon.

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Oregon Clean Energy Workforce Coalition advances to second phase of the Quality Green Jobs Regional Challenge

As one of 10 semifinalists selected by JFF, this second round of funding will allow PGE and coalition partners to conduct a statewide market assessment to better understand workforce needs, obstacles and opportunities in Oregon.

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Training adults in custody for clean energy careers

Through a grant awarded to the OCEWC from the U.S. Department of Labor, adults in custody will have new pathways to construction careers in the clean energy sector. The Union Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (U-PACT) program provides women at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility the opportunity to participate in a 12-week construction trades skill-building course run by local unions – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1, Cement Masons Local 555 and Ironworkers Local 29. Upon release, graduates have direct entry or preferential placement at an apprenticeship program, leading to quality jobs in high-demand fields.