Recently released federal infrastructure plans and major corporations have pointed to renewable energy ousting fossil fuels. Not only is the up front cost of green energy systems dropping, but they are better for the environment than fossil fuels.
Dave Bush of Environmental Entrepreneurs joined Ed “Flash” Ferenc on the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the future of the energy industry and what the building trades will need to do in order to prepare tradesmen and tradeswomen to perform this work.
Reviving the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting unemployment and the U.S. economy. Following the presidential election, President Biden introduced the American Jobs Act, a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plan, which will add trades jobs through building new infrastructure and repairing old infrastructure.
Part of the plan calls for an investment in clean energy infrastructure. Many companies are getting ahead of the curve and have begun promoting and investing in renewable energy. Bush said these investments will drive job creation in manufacturing and implementation of renewable energy technologies.
Building the green energy future
Bush said the future looks green. The White House is moving ahead and pushing the American Jobs Act, which will increase use of renewable energy.
The initial problem with solar energy was the upfront cost, as solar panels had to be imported and were expensive to manufacture. As the technology has increased, the price has dropped, making green energy viable for the future of the U.S. Bush said the return on investment can be seen quicker and is now worth it.
Investing in the future of green energy
Bush referenced the winter storms in Texas that knocked out power throughout the state. While Texas relies on some renewable energy sources, the vast majority of its energy is created from fossil fuels. It was not green energy that caused the problem, but fossil fuels.
He finished the segment by suggesting trade groups such as the IBEW and their contractors invest in their membership and workforce by developing training programs so they can become the best in the green energy industry.