Recording – Powering Forward 4: Powering Up an Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce

September 10, 2020 | Andy Barnes, Program Manager, CEBN

The fourth episode of the Powering Forward series is produced in partnership with Third Way and will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with building and enhancing the clean energy workforce, with a focus on public private partnerships, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and recent survey results on how clean energy employers are responding to COVID-19.

Watch the webinar recording below. Access the slide presentation here.


The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Clean Energy Business Network, and Third Way held this webinar on September 9, 2020.


  • Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Resident Fellow for Climate and Energy Program, Third Way and former Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will present findings on how clean energy employers are responding to COVID-19
  • Timothy Alan Simon, Esq., Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, will provide insights on clean energy workforce development needs, including diversity and inclusion
  • Camille Moore, 2020 Jan Schori Fellow, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, will present research conducted by BCSE examining the scope of workforce development initiatives currently pending in Congress
  • Shaun Garrison, Director of Congressional Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, will provide insights and analysis on workforce development

This is the fourth installment of Powering Forward, a webinar series from BCSE & CEBN that examines developments across the clean energy economy in the U.S. This series acknowledges unique impacts facing clean energy industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the vital role of our sectors in our future economic recovery. Each episode is produced collaboratively with partners working to advance clean energy, demonstrating that together, we can power forward through this crisis to emerge as a stronger, more resilient America.

​​​​​​​Powering Forward is made possible with support from Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum, in the lead up to National Clean Energy Week, September 21-25, 2020. The series is also supported by Natixis Investment Managers, pioneer of the first ESG-driven 401(k) target date mutual funds.