New Legislation Could Support Clean Energy Career Pathways for Fossil-Fuel Industry Workers

Support for workers seeking to transition from jobs in the fossil-fuel industry to the clean energy sector could be coming in the form of new federal legislation.

U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) yesterday said he will develop legislation to help displaced fossil-fuel industry workers.

“For too long, American workers have been subject to the ebbs and flows of production in the fossil fuel sector,” Pallone said in an Aug. 29 statement. “When production is down, jobs go away, and economic uncertainty follows. Clean energy jobs have grown at a rate of 6 percent annually in recent years, while fossil fuel jobs have shrunk. There ought to be a pathway to consistent employment in the renewable energy sector, and I look forward to introducing a plan to do just that, in consultation with a wide array of experts.”

According to Pallone’s office, he has sought input from and will continue to meet with experts and workers as he works to finalize the legislation, which he expects to introduce in the fall.

Lead image credit: Jorge Edward Inga | CC BY-SA 4.0 | Wikimedia Commons

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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