A Word from the Project Manager
Delaware State University’s Renewable Energy Education program was started the summer of 2016 from a grant through Delmarva Power. The mission is to enhance the education and training capacity of the University and to provide the general public with renewable energy literacy and training. The Center is located on the DSU campus in the Luna I. Mishoe Science Center, North.
The goals of the Center are to bring renewable energy to the masses of Delaware, improve the infrastructure and capacity of renewable energy education, research and extension, to establish a University wide Renewable Energy Education Center, and offer certificate programs, as well as, credentialing services in renewable energy.
I welcome you to visit the Center in room 239.
The International Renewable Energy Agency reports in their Annual Review 2017
Rising automation in extraction, overcapacity, industry consolidation, regional shifts, and the substitution of coal by natural gas in the power sector are resulting in job losses in the fossil-fuel sector in some countries.
Employment in the coal industry is decreasing due to several factors such as power plants closing, over capacity and improved mining technologies. In the United States, employment in coal has declined from 174,000 to 55,000 in the last 30 years.
The global oil and gas industry is also facing job losses due to low oil prices and oversupply. At least 440,000 people were laid off in 2015 and 2016. The United States alone accounted for 40% of the job loss.
Renewable energy is already contributing to job creation in many of these markets. In the specific case of the United States, solar generating capacity represents only slightly more than 1% of the total power capacity (coal at 26%). However, solar workers are already twice as numerous as those in the highly automated coal industry.