The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a “Clean Power Plan,” which seeks to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
The proposal, which includes new and existing sites, gives power plants 10-15 years to meet these guidelines. According to the EPA, these steps will:
- Cut carbon emissions at a rate equal to that from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year.
- Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25%.
- Prevent as many as 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days.
- Reduce electric bills about 8% percent by increasing energy efficiency.
This proposal shows promise for nuclear energy producers in particular. President Barack Obama was a longtime resident of Illinois, the state which produces more nuclear energy than any other. He understands that nuclear power is a clean and reliable alternate to energy sources with a larger carbon footprint, such as oil and coal.
According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy , the agency’s proposed carbon emissions rules are specifically designed to support nuclear plants that are struggling with profitability. She said the agency has focused on the plants in danger of closure because of competition from lower-cost energy sources.
What Does This Mean For Hiring In The Industry?
As the use of nuclear energy becomes more widespread, experts anticipate that it will be more readily accepted by the general populace, cementing its reputation as a reliable source for clean energy. Employers will need more help at all skill levels to keep up with demand.
The growing interest in nuclear power and clean reliable energy should provide a boost in business and an increase in high-paying jobs ranging from maintenance and construction to engineering and plant management.
Both employers and job seekers will need to remain flexible to keep up with demand. While some jobs will be long term, most will be contract-based. Job seekers will be expected to travel to where demand is concentrated. Employers will need to develop support systems to make transitioning from one location to the next simpler for contract employees.
Sourcing and hiring top nuclear energy talent will only grow more challenging as demand increases. Contact the renewable hiring energy experts at FootBridge Energy Services for help. Whether you are building a new facility or expanding an existing one, we can make it easier to remain fully staffed no matter what changes the industry brings.
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