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IRA Contractor Training Program Funds

About $10 million in federal funding for training could be coming in to help address California’s clean energy workforce shortage. 

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) asked for input as the Commission prepares its application for accessing these funds as part of the U.S. Department of Energy for Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Contractor Training Program. 

This funding is intended to be used to develop or subsidize existing workforce development tools, provide testing and certification of electrification and energy efficiency contractors, and partner with nonprofit organizations to attract the local workforce needed to deliver energy efficiency and electrification projects.

The CEC requested input on the status of California’s workforce training for residential clean energy projects. This included identifying existing workforce development programs that align with the above goals, addressable gaps in the state’s existing workforce development programs, and contractor training certifications the funding might supplement.

EFCA submitted comments in response to the CEC’s request, including specific input on training programs in California that align with the IRA goals. EFCA urged the CEC to learn from the state’s experience with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and use supplemental funding so that programs are sustainable after this funding is exhausted. EFCA strongly supported the state’s efforts to emphasize prioritization and consideration in serving its vulnerable and underserved communities with energy efficiency and electrification programs. To address gaps in existing workforce development programs, EFCA highlighted ways the state could leverage existing resources, such as private sector partners, technology and a blend of educational delivery methods. 

Your perspective as a contractor is crucial as California plans how to use these funds. If you have concerns or suggestions about workforce education and training, please let us know so we can share your perspective. Contact us at membership@efficiencyfirstca.org

You can also make comments directly to the CEC. Comments and any supporting documentation in response to the CEC’s Request for Information have been extended and are due by September 25, 2023. 

Nicole Whiting

Director of Communications