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SolarCity Opens Regional Workforce Training Center in West Las Vegas

November 30, 2015 in California, Environment, EV News, Jobs, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, Renewables, San Mateo, Solar, SolarCity

Democratic Leader Senator Aaron Ford, Senator Ruben Kihuen, and other Nevada leaders participate in celebrating local job creator’s commitment to make Nevada the regional hub for training the 21st century energy workforce

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SolarCity Opens Regional Workforce Training Center in West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY), America’s #1 solar power provider, is expanding its Nevada presence with a new, 13,000-square foot regional training center in West Las Vegas.

This flagship training center, SolarCity’s fifth facility since entering the Silver State in 2013, will make Nevada the regional epicenter for SolarCity’s workforce development. This facility is expected to train as many as 4,000 workers a year with the skills they need to succeed in the energy workforce of the future.

“I’m proud to celebrate the opening of SolarCity’s new training center, which will make Nevada the regional hub for training workers in the jobs of the 21st century,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Our homegrown solar industry has already created over 6,000 good Nevada jobs, and has tremendous potential to continue driving innovation, economic diversification, and opportunity in the Silver State.”

Senator Harry Reid, whose office presented a certificate to commemorate the event, celebrated the opening saying, “Thank you for your contributions to the clean energy industry in Southern Nevada.”

“Renewable, sustainable energy is the future of Southern Nevada,” said Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District. “SolarCity’s new workforce training center will provide opportunities for people from across the region to learn new skills, contribute to our economy, and build a better, cleaner world for generations to come.”

Senator Aaron Ford, Democratic Leader of the Nevada Senate, Senator Ruben Kihuen, and other state and local officials joined SolarCity leadership to cut the ribbon at the new facility today.

“The opening of SolarCity’s Regional Training Center means more good jobs in one of Nevada’s most important and forward-thinking industries,” said Senator Aaron Ford, Democratic Leader of the Nevada State Senate. “Growing our solar industry is not only good for our economy, but it will help our state continue to move towards a sustainable, clean energy future. I’m proud to help welcome this facility to Las Vegas and, more particularly, to Senate District 11.”

SolarCity already employs over 2,000 Nevadans, and Nevada is leading the nation as the #1 solar job creator in the country per capita. With this flagship facility, Nevada will also be a national leader in training the clean energy workforce of the future. SolarCity’s regional training center will bring in new hires from around the Mountain West to be trained as solar installers, electricians, and other jobs in the growing solar industry.

Nevada must maintain strong solar net metering policies, so that employees trained here can work here and use these skills to strengthen Nevada’s economy – rather than being forced to work out of state. With strong solar policies in place, this regional training center will create more opportunities for Nevada’s homegrown solar industry to continue to innovate, create good jobs, and build a brighter future for Nevada.

Candidates interested in employment opportunities in Nevada can review available positions and contact SolarCity directly via its online jobs form at

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UK HS2 Route from West Midlands to Crewe to Open 6 Years Early

November 30, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, Electrification, Europe, EV News, High Speed Rail, Infrastructure, Politics, Rail, Ridership, Trains, UK, Wales

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UK HS2 Route from West Midlands to Crewe to Open 6 Years Early

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed today that the high speed rail link connecting the West Midlands to Crewe will open six years ahead of schedule in 2027.

For North Wales the planned hub station at Crewe will provide access to high speed passenger services and unlock new employment and business opportunities in the region.

Set to considerably slash journey times and increase capacity on busy railways, this new route has long been billed as a significant catalyst for driving growth and rebalancing regional economies across the country.

North east Wales and north west England form one single economic entity and HS2 will foster even closer integration.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

The announcement that the HS2 link between West Midlands and Crewe will open six years earlier than planned could bring real transformational change to North Wales’ economic prospects.

This line will act as the gateway to the Northern Powerhouse, which stretches from North Wales to Newcastle, bringing with it new employment and business opportunities.

But the vision goes even further. Increased demand as a result of HS2 will also help strengthen the business case for modernisation of the North Wales lines. The Wales Office is working closely with local authorities and business groups in North Wales to develop this case, as part of our central ambition to build a stronger economy for the whole of the UK.

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Five Things You Need To Know About COP21

November 29, 2015 in Climate Change, Environment, Europe, EV News, France, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paris, Politics, State Department, Washington DC

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) – the annual meeting of countries that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – will kick off in Paris, France.

An image of the Eiffel Tower is contained with an illuminated globe outside LeBourget Airport in Paris, France, on November 29, 2015 Photo courtesy of State Department Five Things You Need To Know About COP21

An image of the Eiffel Tower is contained with an illuminated globe outside LeBourget Airport in Paris, France, on November 29, 2015
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Five Things You Need To Know About COP21

Here are five things to know about COP-21, and about the importance of global climate action.

1.  COPs have taken place every year under the UNFCCC, beginning in 1995 in Berlin. 196 parties take part in the UNFCCC, including 195 countries and the European Union.

The UNFCCC was created in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, at which countries recognized the need to limit global warming. Countries began meeting every year at COP-1 in Berlin in 1995. During the two-week-long negotiations, nations come together to reach areas of consensus on important climate change issues and to set a pathway for the world to limit the dangerous consequences of global warming.

2.  Even though negotiations take place every year, COP-21 is different. Nations have a unique opportunity in Paris to reach a climate agreement that applies to all nations.

Previous COPs have led to this moment. The 1997 COP-3 in Kyoto, Japan produced the Kyoto Protocol, under which developed countries agreed to limit carbon emissions. COP-13 in Bali produced the roadmap for a post-Kyoto agreement. Copenhagen’s 2009 COP-15 resulted in a commitment to limit warming to two degrees Celsius. And COP-17 in Durban, South Africa set a path toward the universal agreement countries aim to achieve in Paris. The stage is set, and the agreement is within sight, if countries seize the opportunity.

What’s different this time? Approximately 180 countries have come forward with contributions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and never before have so many countries, both developed and developing, made such commitments.

America’s leadership has helped mobilize this level of international action – under President Obama, the United States is taking significant steps to cut carbon pollution at home. Since the President took office, the U.S. produces three times more wind energy and 20 times more solar. The U.S. is doubling the distance our cars go on a gallon of gas by 2025. And the Clean Power Plan, the most significant step ever taken by the United States to combat climate change, will cut carbon pollution from the power sector – which makes up a third of U.S. emissions – 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Because the United States is taking serious action at home, other nations are treating climate action with new urgency. In the past year, the United States has made bilateral announcements with China, Brazil, and India, with each country agreeing to take significant action to cut its own carbon pollution.

3.  The Administration, including President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, is all-in for an ambitious agreement.

First, the agreement should be inclusive of all countries. Second, the agreement should put in place a long-term framework for countries to ratchet up their targets over time in a transparent way, with high standards of accountability and with a view to achieving a low-carbon transformation by the end of the century. Third, the agreement should mobilize ongoing financial and technical support for low-carbon development and climate adaptation for countries most in need.

4.  Now is the time to act — and the world is ready.

Every nation on Earth is feeling the impacts of climate change today. From stronger storms to deeper droughts; from more extreme wildfires to more frequent floods; from sea level rise to more extreme temperatures – climate change threatens people’s health, the economy, and national security in every country. Fortunately, world leaders increasingly understand the urgency for action, as evidenced by the tremendous number of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted.

As President Obama said, we are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last that can do something about it. World leaders need to act now.

5.  Action in Paris is not the end of the journey, but a major milestone. Countries need to come back to the negotiating table periodically as technology improves and as markets change.

We’ve seen incredible advances in low-carbon technology over just the past few years, and we believe those trends will continue. For example, the solar industry is growing jobs faster than any other sector of the U.S. economy – good-paying, middle-class jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.

Major companies around the world now know climate action is not only the right thing to do, but the profitable thing to do. Climate impacts threaten businesses’ raw materials, supply chains, facilities, and labor forces – while climate action spurs innovation, creates jobs, and avoids costs.

That’s why major multinational corporations support climate action. Eighty-one companies with a combined market capitalization of more than $5 trillion have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Brands like Walmart, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, and Google, are supporting a strong outcome in Paris, and setting ambitious, company-specific goals like reducing carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent, reducing water use by as much as 80 percent, and purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.

This December in Paris, the world has a unique opportunity to act. The need is clear. The time is now. Stay tuned to DipNote for updates throughout the negotiations, which run from November 30 through December 11, 2015.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: State Department.