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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 15-22, 2015

The U.S. Energy Department allocates funds for solar tech, green building generates 2.3 million jobs and construction on the tallest wind tower in the United States is underway in Iowa. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup:

3 trends to watch for in the power utility industry

If a fortuneteller looked into a crystal ball to glimpse the future of the power utility industry, he or she would see a future full of progress and changes. A big reason for this is new innovations trying to address the diverse challenges and opportunities in the different regions in the United States. At the same time, the industry needs to balance this with pressures to reduce costs, streamline operations, and meet state and national regulations for security and environmental compliance.

5 questions prospective power utility technician students should ask

The stuff someone is already good at, and enjoys doing, is an important consideration if choosing a power utility technician program. That might seem like a no-brainer, but prospective students should take the time to match up their skills and interests with possible career paths in power utility. For example, those with a knack for problem solving, thinking on their feet and don't have a fear of heights may be interested in working as a lineman.

Q&A with Danny Wilson, Ecotech Institute Power Utility Technician student

Danny Wilson has more than 20 years working in technology-related fields. He's a retired member of the United States Air Force and holds a number of degrees, including a master's in business administration. He has a family and also works full time. Soon, Danny will have one more item to add to his extensive and impressive resume — a degree in power utility technology.

All about power utility technology: Q&A with Ecotech Institute instructor Kerry Urbaniak

Kerry Urbaniak is the lead electronics instructor for the Power Utility Technician program at Ecotech Institute. Before teaching, Kerry's work experience spanned across several areas. He first got started working in electronics in the U.S. Army, where he worked in satellite communications. After that, he worked on aircraft instruments in Florida for a few years before becoming an instructor.

Looking for a Job in Power Utility Technology? Try these 10 states

The power utility field is in the middle of a huge shift. The current workforce is aging out of the profession and creating a high demand for young professionals (with the proper training and skills) to take their place. But where are all of these job opportunities?

What do power utility technicians do?

Power utility is a diverse industry, which means that when it comes to pursuing a career in the field, there is a large range of options. The cool thing about it is that lifestyle preferences can help define the career path taken.

Is a career as a power utility technician right for you?

Power utility technicians help control the systems that generate and distribute electric power. Whether on a conventional grid or smart grid, the energy world is getting greener — which means that those with training in clean energy will be in especially high demand.

IRENA Reports Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014

Oil price crash or no, renewable energy is still highly competitive in the global market, according to the new Renewable Power Generation Costs report from IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. However, ...

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