Greening of Competency Models

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Energy: Renewable Energy

  • Act in the best interest of the company, community, and environment.

  • Understand how a “Green” philosophy can positively impact a company’s bottom line.

  • Comply with environmental regulations impacting the workplace.

  • Maintain a healthful and safe environment and report any violations/discrepancies to appropriate personnel.

  • Recognize that following a “Green” philosophy is part of your social responsibility.

  • Understand how the concepts of sustainability provide the basis for the consideration of renewable energy systems.

  • Use processes that are environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.

  • Use equipment and systems as designed to minimize environmental impact.

  • Seek to upgrade processes beyond pollution control to pollution prevention.

  • Utilize advances in science and technology to upgrade levels of efficiency and environmental protection.

  • Use sustainable business practices consistent with ISO 14001 International Environmental Management Guidance.

  • Understand the basics of electricity and heat, and how conventional energy generation (natural gas, oil, nuclear energy) and renewable energy contribute to energy supplies.

  • Understand the concepts of traditional and renewable energy production.

  • Understand how energy efficiency is connected to the production of energy (supply), and how to make the case for energy efficiency use to reduce demand for energy vs. employing renewable energy as a source of energy.

  • Describe return on investment – (the concept of “payback” from using energy efficiency and renewable technologies).

  • Understand the impact of environmental and geographic factors on the effective implementation of renewable energy technologies.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources.

  • Understand the fundamentals of how electricity rates work, and related energy markets (ex. renewable electricity certificates; electricity capacity markets; net metering; real-time pricing).

  • Understand concepts such as supply and demand side efficiency and Smart Grid.

  • Biomass: Generation of power for heat or electricity from organic, nonfood, and renewable resources.

  • Solar: Systems that utilize solar energy or convert it into other usable forms, such as electricity and heat.

  • Wind: Conversion of wind’s kinetic energy to mechanical or electrical energy.

  • Geothermal: Using thermal energy contained in the earth to supply heat directly or converting it to mechanical or electrical energy.

  • Water: Utilization of power derived from the energy of moving water.

  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy: Systems that produce power from a fuel through an electrochemical process.

  • Understand how changes in conditions, operations, or the environment will affect quality.

  • Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the policies, standards, equipment, and work practices that mitigate the environmental impacts of human activity, including energy use.

  • Demonstrate professional responsibility for maintaining all policies and standards for health, safety, and the environment.

  • Comply with all relevant environmental laws issued by federal agencies, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Follow energy standards produced by industry organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Petroleum Institute (API), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

  • Identify appropriate jurisdiction for local, state, and federal regulatory agencies as they pertain to the energy industry.

  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory procedures governing operations.

  • Recognize one’s environment and potential hazards.

  • Follow established safety and security procedures, including applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

  • Evaluate changes in the environment with respect to their impact on safety of self and others.

  • Use safety equipment as specified by user manuals and safety training.

  • Keep personal safety equipment in good working order.

  • Call attention to potential and actual hazardous conditions as they arise.

  • Alert co-workers and supervisory personnel to hazardous conditions or unsafe working conditions and deviations from safety procedures in a timely manner.

  • Take appropriate action to stop the job if there are unsafe working conditions.

  • Understand the Costs and benefits and the economic and environmental impact wind energy.


  • Act in the best interests of the company, co-workers, community, and the environment.

  • Proper use of company property, minimizing loss and waste.

  • Ensures compliance with all laws, regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures.

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