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Canada-US Clean Energy, Clear Opportunity released to address challenges of electricity sector


June 22, 2010
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The Electricity Sector Council and Natural Resources Canada have released a best practices and recommendations report entitled Clean Energy: Clear Opportunity through the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue Forum.

The report outlines strategies to address the challenges facing the
electricity sector to reach a more sustainable North American
electricity system.

The report’s development began after the Building the Power Workforce
of Tomorrow conference on February 17 and 18 in Toronto. The
participants recognized the need to address potential energy shortages,
creating these recommendations in the report:

– Increase public education about the electricity profession
– Use social media to attract new talent
– Increase training and apprenticeship programs with colleges

The report presents guiding suggestions in addressing the issues facing
the electricity sector in terms of hiring, training, and equipping the
workforce of the future. It also highlights the importance of the
integrated nature of the North American grid to cope with the changing
technologies and infrastructures.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the
Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue in February 2009 to enhance
collaboration on clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
address climate change.