“The people most likely to enter [the energy workforce] are younger workers, generally more educated workers,” said economics professor Mark Curtis, who has studied how coal miners transition into clean energy jobs. And despite its reputation as an energy powerhouse due to coal and natural gas, the state hasn’t been as successful in adopting clean energy, ranking at or near the bottom of several national clean energy scorecards. “There’s not a lot of renewable jobs currently available in West Virginia,” Curtis added. “That’s for a lot of reasons including geographical reasons — West Virginia is not ideally suited for solar and wind.” Full Article