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Power company fires up ‘Troops to Energy Jobs’ pilot

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Dominion Power has started a two-year pilot program to identify, recruit and train military veterans to work in the energy industry.

“Troops to Energy Jobs” is part of the national Center for Energy Work­force Development (CEWD), which involves five power companies around the country.

CEWD estimates that the energy industry could have as many as 100,000 openings by 2015 and 250,000 by 2020. Power companies need to replace engineers, technicians, line workers, plant operators and pipefitters as workers retire or quit.

Dominion’s chairman, Thomas F. Farrell II, called military and energy work “a natural fit… Both cultures are civic-minded and safety-focused.”

He said the company, which employs 1,200 veterans in 14 states, has 220 openings now.

Contact: Ryan Frazier of Dominion, (804) 819-2521.

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