The energy industry is evolving, requiring sustainable advancements and greater employment opportunities. President Biden signed the U.S. onto the Paris Agreement during his first day in office. His signature represents our commitment to climate change prevention.
Unfortunately, our conventional energy sources fuel atmospheric degradation. In hopes of instilling eco-conscious practices in the industry, Biden also developed the Build Back Better policy. The policy’s two trillion-dollar funding supports the expansion of clean energy development and employment.
Renewable Energy Development
Biden identified issues of ecological degradation within the energy industry and influenced change. His policy promotes renewable energy sourcing, helping America reach carbon-neutrality. Fortunately, recent green technological advancements make the goal possible.
Renewable energy derives from non-depletable natural sources, like the sun and wind. They also generate zero emissions when producing electricity. As the industry expands, renewable energy becomes cheaper, gaining a leg op on its “dirty” competition.
Though the media highlights solar and wind as a booming industry, clean energy only generates an eighth of our electricity in the U.S. Expanding renewable energy production is essential to preserving Earth. When we eliminate carbon-emitting electricity sourcing, we reduce the enhanced greenhouse effect.
Earth uses an organic temperature control process, reliant on the atmosphere’s specific composition. When sunlight reaches the planet, atmospheric elements generate heat, emitting it to the surface, reabsorbing excess warmth and sending it to space.
When greenhouse gases invade the environment, they interfere with the natural process. They have a high solar radiation-to-heat conversion rate and hold heat in the atmosphere for extended periods. The production and entrapment of heat raise the global temperature over time.
We can prevent further atmospheric damage by replacing fossil fuel-driven energy with renewable electricity. Initiating the transition requires scientific and technological advancements and human power.
As the renewable power industry expands, the demand for alternative energy engineers increases. In the profession, workers may conduct research or serve as consultants. They evaluate sustainable solutions to energy extraction and enhance efficiency rates.
Other clean energy engineers design machines or conduct enhancements, increasing national accessibility to zero-emission power. They may design new solar panels with higher efficiency or wind turbines with less animal disruption.
Renewable energy is a deregulated market. Many homeowners and businesses aim to reach carbon-neutrality, and they lack the resources for a clean energy system installation. Energy brokers help citizens access renewable electricity when on-site generation is not an option.
Clean energy brokers are in high demand. They effectively help customers find the most cost-effective sources and make purchases simple. Additionally, brokers are transparent and help their clients view price discrepancies between sources, accessing the best provider.
Solar Project Developer
In 2016, the solar power industry provided Americans with 360,000 jobs. Since then, the employment rates have expanded. A top position in the industry is a project director.
The professionals help build a renewable energy production site, both on large and small scales. They work with landlords or homeowners, permitting agencies, environmental consultants and more. A solar project director oversees the construction and installation of systems, ensuring minimal environmental harm and optimal sun exposure.
Wind Farm Site Manager
Another renewable energy job in high demand is wind farm site management. They oversee the day-to-day operations on the renewable energy site. Managers schedule maintenance operations and respond to alterations in energy demands.
Additionally, they ensure all operations align with the budget and available resources. Managers also keep production and energy facilitation in configuration with government regulations. When they conduct optimal work, wind farms can meet consumer energy demands efficiently.
Geoscientists are particularly helpful in the new offshore wind power production industry. They research different wind patterns and speeds on Earth, locating optimal electricity generation regions. The professionals also study subsurface rock and soil, helping workers install turbines safely and effectively.
During production, geoscientists can additionally locate materials for turbine development. They evaluate the least ecologically degrading or exploiting elements, generating sustainable devices for energy production.
The Future of Green Employment
In the coming decades, we must adopt 100% renewable energy to meet Biden’s carbon-neutrality goal. Clean energy employment numbers will expand as the transition takes hold. With more researchers, engineers and installation professionals in the industry, we can successfully develop a renewable electricity grid.
Jane is the Editor-in-Chief of Environment.co and an environmental writer covering green technology, sustainability and environmental news.