Energy Sector Workforce Strategy

Introduction

PG&E is developing an Energy Workforce Sector Strategy pursuant to the goals of the California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC) Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Its primary objective is to engage key stakeholders — industry, education, labor and government—in a workforce development initiative focused on achieving California’s energy efficiency goals.

More information is available at Energy Workforce Sector Strategy.

The Need

The CPUC's strategic plan calls for savings of more than 4,500 megawatts, the equivalent of over 9 major power plants, and over 16,000 GWh of electricity savings and 620 million therms in natural gas usage by 2021. Strategic partnerships and workforce education and training are key elements of a sector strategy, building the workforce which will provide the design, construction, installation, operations and maintenance capabilities to reach the CPUC's goals.

Proposed Outcomes

Developing a workforce for improved efficiency in commercial, industrial, and agricultural buildings is the focus of this Sector Strategy. It would align education and training pathways throughout PG&E's service area with market opportunities and industry requirements for the energy efficiency workforce. These pathways will be geared to skills and competencies of today's highest performing energy efficiency professionals and mapped to a three-year projection of job openings. In addition, new capacity-building techniques such as interactive online learning will be tested as bridges across the barriers of time and distance encountered by many who want to enter this workforce.

Elements of the Strategy

  • Assess labor market opportunities and map opportunities against existing education and training programs.
  • Conduct cross-stakeholder outreach to engage partners from industry, government and education.
  • Hold a strategic convening presenting the sector approach to committed partners.
  • Construct a knowledge map, outlining the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by the energy efficiency workforce.
  • Develop technology-enabled learning modules.
  • Align education and training infrastructure and address gaps.
  • Explore the development of certification and credentialing.
  • Advance energy efficiency policy.

Objectives

  • Easier industry adoption of training standards.
  • Definition of employer skills requirements.
  • Projection of employer demand by job classification.
  • Infusion of industry expertise into curriculum.
  • Improved quality of workforce and work performed.
  • Increased linkage with resource program goals.
  • Clearer model for quickly responding to industry workforce training demands.

Timeline

Present
A multi-phased execution of the strategy is being led by a consortium of leaders from industry, education, labor, government and workforce intermediaries. More information is available at Energy Workforce Sector Strategy

2/29/12: Energy Workforce Sector Strategy Convening
Present approach and strategy at convening.

    Energy Efficiency Workforce Sector Strategy Convening
    Presentation (PDF, 2.7 MB)

PG&E Contacts

Lisa Shell
Manager, PG&E PowerPathwayTM Training Network – Energy Efficiency and Renewables
L1sb@pge.com
(415) 407-1831

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