SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

November 05, 2009 05:15 ET

NECA-IBEW Going Green With Renewable Energy Projects, a Feature of "Industry Today" on

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - November 5, 2009) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2007 only 13.6% of the energy produced in the U.S. came from renewable sources such as wind and solar. With local and federal government programs providing incentives for renewable energy projects, the number of green projects has exploded. According to information derived from Industrial Info's Renewable Energy database, more than 210 gigawatts of renewable energy projects are in the planning, engineering or construction stages in North America. These projects are predominately wind, hydroelectric and solar.

The NECA-IBEW team is uniquely situated to assist owners and engineering firms to successfully design and implement the growing number of renewable energy projects that are springing up across the country. By focusing on training in renewable energy and green building projects, the NECA-IBEW team has taken a leadership role in the green jobs revolution. Talking on a recent (a joint program between NECA and the IBEW) video webcast, Mike Callanan, Executive Director of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the IBEW, stated, "We've been teaching many of these skills to our apprentices and journeymen for a number of years. I like to think that our training is unique because it provides apprentices the opportunity to understand not only the theory in the classroom, but provides up to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training."

The IBEW is currently training about 44,000 apprentices at 300 training centers in the U.S. and Canada.

If you'd like more information on how NECA-IBEW can help you go green on your next renewable energy or building-automation project, watch this ElectricTV webcast.

The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, was founded in 1901 and seeks to serve the management interests of electrical contractors in the United States. NECA boasts 119 chapters in all 50 states, four regional offices, and a home office in Bethesda, Maryland. NECA maintains its leadership role in the electrical industry through labor relations, training, education, advocacy and research.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, was founded in 1891 as a means for electrical workers to come together with one voice. Since that time, the IBEW has grown to more than 750,000 members throughout the United States and Canada. Through its training, on-the-job skill, and professionalism, the IBEW represents the best electricians in the world. The IBEW seeks to organize all electrical workers in the United States into local unions.

Industrial Info Resources (IIR) is the leading provider of global market intelligence specializing in the industrial process, heavy manufacturing and energy related markets. For more than 26 years, Industrial Info has provided plant and project opportunity databases, market forecasts, high resolution maps, and daily industry news. For more information send inquiries to or visit us online at

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