For Immediate Release: February 16, 2023
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IBEW Statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Announcement of New Rules and Standards for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
IBEW International President Kenneth Cooper issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of new rules and standards for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations:
“The members of the IBEW reiterate our commitment to the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of building out a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations. Today’s White House announcement of its final rules for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program will help ensure that federal investment in EV infrastructure will result in good, middle-class jobs carried out by the best-trained electrical workers in the nation.
“The IBEW has already certified 20,000 electricians through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program – the White House’s preferred EV training program – and we look to certify even more in the years to come.
“Strong labor standards like those in the final NEVI rule are crucial to creating a pipeline of electricians and other skilled construction labor needed to build a low-carbon energy infrastructure, while Buy America requirements are helping jumpstart our nation’s manufacturing sector, putting Americans to work.
“Skilled IBEW electricians helped lead the first energy revolution, electrifying America from coast to coast. We are proud to do our part in leading today’s energy revolution, building a modern low-carbon infrastructure that will combat climate change, boost our economy and rebuild the middle class.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.