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Utilities can diversify the energy efficiency workforce. Here’s how.
By Mary Shoemaker, Senior Research Analyst and Roxana Ayala, Research Assistant
The energy efficiency sector is the largest employer in the clean energy economy. It offers competitive pay, but not everyone is benefiting from this economic powerhouse: Hispanic people, Black people, and women represent a smaller share of the energy efficiency workforce than the national workforce. However, programs around the country are increasingly using focused outreach and training to bring people from underrepresented groups into the energy efficiency field.
An ACEEE report released today highlights several exemplary programs operated by utilities, state agencies, and community-based organizations and the strategies they are finding successful. In conjunction with the report, a newly launched four-month learning group, led by ACEEE, welcomes participants who want to learn more about prioritizing diversity and inclusion in energy efficiency workforce development.
Efficiency jobs pay more than the national average
On average, efficiency jobs pay between $2 to $5 per hour more than the average national wage. This difference is especially important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, as these jobs can help unemployed workers get back on their feet financially…
To continue reading the blog post, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/efficiency-workforce-heres-how/zt9kxb/696120187?h=UQYBJW3LWEGJuxf1rhMx8DsTjk9pnCheSsrtwx71w-E
To download the report, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/research-report-u2010/zt9kwz/696120187?h=UQYBJW3LWEGJuxf1rhMx8DsTjk9pnCheSsrtwx71w-E