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NJ Policy Makers Headline Policy Briefing and Planning for NJHEPS Fall Conference

31 Aug 2011 3:07 PM | Anonymous
On August 2nd, NJHEPS and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) presented a video simulcast Policy Briefing featuring:
·         Hon. Lee A. Solomon-President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities-who reviewed New Jersey's Energy Master Plan
·         Michelle Siekerka, Assistant Commissioner of the NJ DEP's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy, who discussed the New Jersey State Strategic Plan
·         Dr, Aaron Fichtner, Assistant Commissioner, Labor Planning and Analysis, of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, who provided an overview of the state's evolving Green Career Strategy. Dr. Fichtner was joined In his presentation by Tiffany Smith, a Research Economist from the Department's Labor Market and Demographic Research Division.

The simulcast was made possible with the assistance and commitment of our 3 host locations: Atlantic Cape Community College, Mercer County Community College, and Kean University.

President Solomon framed his remarks by emphasizing that there is strong link between the State's approach to economic competitiveness and the cost of energy. Among the many issues covered, he also discussed the rationale underlying the reduction from 30 to 22.5% in the Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2021, as well as constructing new generating capacity and improving PJM rules and processes. He also discussed issues related to energy production and investment and job creation. 

Assistant Commissioner Siekerka focused her remarks on the State Strategic Plan on the major objectives to be accomplished, weaknesses in the current plan, and the process by which a new plan is being formed. A key aspect of her discussion focused on the "sustainability lens" used in the planning process. She defined this as the "three-legged stool", which is intended to balance environmental, economic and social imperatives. She also discussed the timing for a release of the plan, which is anticipated for the early fall. To view her Powerpoint from the event please click here.

Dr. Fichtner and Ms.Smith highlighted the needs to better align education and workforce investments with employer skill needs, to improve access to career information, and to by sharing data from the job market with educators to inform curriculum decisions, while creating replicable models from "talent networks" that better connect educators, job seekers and employers. They provided an assessment of their initial research into the data they had analyzed on various types of green job listings, skill needs, and associated implications, and also discussed various characteristics of New Jersey's "green industries."  Additionally, they highlighted www.jobs4jersey.com and it's new green job search capabilities, and discussed the State Energy Sector Partnership Grants, which focuses on developing the talent networks to become fully functional, these industries are life sciences; transportation and distribution; financial services; technology and entrepreneurship; health care; and advanced manufacturing. A seventh network is planned for green jobs later in the year. To download their Powerpoint presentation please click here.

The final portion of the event was a kickoff discussion of the NJHEPS Fall Conference, which has been set for Friday, December 9th. Location details will follow in an upcoming announcement.

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505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone:(201)684-7830 | Fax:(201)684-7932
Email - njheps@gmail.com

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