The development of the green energy sector could benefit householders attempting to switch gas tariffs to a more efficient deal.
However, the industry requires more skilled workers to deliver improved technology and build wind turbines, marine energy equipment and other renewable energy gear.
A spokeswoman for the Centre for Alternative Technology commented: "To bridge the yawning chasm the government needs to forge new research partnerships with trade unions, employers and regional development agencies to better understand the skills needed in a zero carbon economy.
"Resources need to be made available to those already in the workforce and to higher education institutions to finance the up-skilling of the work force."
The representative pointed out that an average six-week course to become a domestic green engineer can cost between £5,000 and £8,000, so grants should be made available to more people.
"There is no point announcing ten new offshore wind turbines if we haven't got the supply chain working and the people to build the turbines," she added.
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