UC Berkeley to help overhaul green job training for public utilities
San Francisco Business Times, June 17, 2013
By Steven E.F. Brown
The California Public Utilities Commission chose the University of California, Berkeley, to oversee big changes in job training meant to accelerate the state's shift to a green economy.
Under a $500,000 contract that runs through spring 2014, the Donald Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy – part of Cal's Institute for Research and Labor Employment – will coordinate changes in training for future workers at state utilities like PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG).
The goal is to improve the quality of work done installing energy efficient materials and technology.
Researchers plan to work with technical schools, colleges and the utilities themselves on this program.
Other partners on this project include Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors and also some labor and environmental health researchers in UC Berkeley's public health school.
The commission, led by executive director Paul Clanon, himself a UC Berkeley alumnus, was born back in 1911 as the Railroad Commission. Now it regulates more than just railroad and transit companies, having added privately owned electric, natural gas, telecoms and water companies to its ambit.
Michael Peevey is president of the CPUC, and the other commissioners are Michel Florio, Catherine Sandoval, Mark Ferron and Carla Peterman.