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Just Transition Employment and Retraining Working Group

The Just Transition Working Group (JTWG) is a new working group that was created in statute by the Maryland Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. The JTWG is beginning to meet in April 2024. 

The JTWG will support clean and renewable technologies while considering equitable economic development opportunities at community levels. The JTWG will advise the MCCC on equitable workforce development and training, including relating to energy efficient measures, transportation, natural working lands, renewable energy, and other clean energy technologies.

According to the language in the Climate Solutions Now Act, the JTWG will: 

  • ​Advise the commission on issues and opportunities for workforce development and training related to energy efficient measures, renewable energy, and other clean energy technologies, with a specific focus on training and workforce opportunities for:
    • ​Segments of the population that may be underrepresented in the clean energy workforce, such as veterans, women, formerly incarcerated individuals, and dislocated workers affected by the downsizing of fossil fuel industries.
  • ​Identify energy-intensive industries and related trades:
    • ​sites of electric generating facilities that may be closed as a result of a transition to renewable energy sources;
    • sector-specific impacts of the state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction plan on the state's current workforce; 
    • avenues to maximize the skills and expertise of Maryland workers in the new energy economy;
    • challenges and opportunities related to minimizing adverse employment and financial impacts on displaced workers and their communities through environmental policies conditioned on the fair distribution of costs and benefits;
    • and resources necessary to protect workers  from economic insecurity, including options for maintaining or supplementing retirement and health care benefits for dislocated workers affected by the downsizing of fossil fuel industries;  
  • ​Advise the commission on the potential impacts of carbon leakage risks on Maryland industries and local host communities, including the impact of any potential Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction measures on the competitiveness of Maryland businesses and industry; and
  • Conduct a study of the number of jobs created to counter climate change impacts, including in the
    • ​energy sector,
    • transportation sector,
    • and working lands sector;
    • the projected inventory of jobs needed and skills and training required to meet future demand for jobs to counter climate change impacts;
    • workforce disruption due to community changes caused by the transition to a low-carbon economy; and
    • strategies for targeting workforce development and job creation in fence-line communities that have historically borne the brunt of hosting carbon polluters.

Contact: Cindy.Osorto1@maryland.gov, Climate Change Policy Analyst

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2024 Meeting Schedule

Meeting times and dates are subject to change.  All meetings are open to the public and time is set aside at each meeting for the public to comment.  All meetings will be from​ 10 a​m - 12 noon.

  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 30 
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 22 

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