Survey Shows Power and Utility Workforce Unprepared for a Decarbonized, Digitized Energy Future
June 7th, Emily Holbrook
Opinion: The skills gap is impacting almost every industry. Now is the time to get serious about how to solve the problem. A direct investment in technology and the workforce is a good starting place.
Power and utility executives foresee seismic changes in the sector over the next few years with near universal (94%) agreement on the need for direct investment in technology and the workforce, according to the new EY Power & Utilities Digital Transformation and the Workforce Survey.
Further, nearly 90% of executives report too few workers with the right skills is challenging their ability to adopt digital technologies, with many lacking a plan on how to proceed.
The EY survey of 159 power and utility executives across the globe provides unique insight as societal pressures mount to tackle the climate crisis and as the world transitions to a low-carbon energy system. The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly accelerated the sector’s need for large-scale transformation to decarbonize and enable electrified economies with more renewable and distributed energy — an evolution that must include cultivating a digitally savvy workforce. Read the entire article: Survey Shows Power and Utility Workforce Unprepared for a Decarbonized, Digitized Energy Future (environmentalleader.com)