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(ATLANTA)--The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional society of over 13,000 members, released the results of its survey on Green Jobs and Energy Industry Market Trends.

Based on the current economic condition and the need for job creation, the survey indicated there were many opportunities to create a new workforce based on the innovative technologies being deployed as well as the number of experienced professional scheduled to exit the energy industry.  Based on over 1,500 qualified responses from energy professionals currently employed in the field, the survey found:

•  67% indicate there is a shortage today of energy management practitioners.
•  37% of experienced energy – utility professionals plan to retire in the next ten year.
•  60% of energy professionals surveyed indicate a need for national and state training for "Green Jobs" to address job shortages that are impairing growth in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles and bio-fuels development.
•  57% have received higher recognition for their energy efficiency responsibilities.
•  42% have indicated increased availability of utility rebate programs for energy conservation or alternative projects.  
•  62% have considered the installation of renewable technologies such as wind or solar at their business.

According to Albert Thumann, Executive Director of the Association of Energy Engineers, "The need to develop a pool of qualified energy and green collar professionals servicing the commercial, industrial, and governmental marketplace has never been greater. There is a dire need to implement programs and policies to stimulate effective energy efficiency training.  The jobs are there – the skilled professionals to fulfill them may not."

AEE will be presenting these findings at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), starting December 8th in Washington, DC.

The complete survey may be downloaded at http://www.aeecenter.org.

Take advantage of a free expo pass to the WEEC to view current and new technologies in the industry.

For more information about the Association of Energy Engineers, please contact Albert Thumann at kate@aeecenter.org,








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