Issue #153, December, 2023


  • CEWD’s Top Ten List of 2023
  • CEWD Releases Executive Summary 
  • 2024 DE&I Forum Dates Announced 
  • News Updates
  • Happy Holidays

CEWD Releases Executive Summary for 2023 Energy Workforce Report

CEWD has released the executive summary for the new 2023 Energy Workforce Report which highlights key trends including emerging technology jobs showing significant growth, challenges of developing younger workers, non-retirement attrition is higher post-COVID, and relatively high adoption rate of DE&I practices. Find a copy of the report here. Those who provided data to the report have received their individual company scorecards.

Dates Announced: 2nd Annual DE&I Forum

CEWD’s 2nd annual DE&I Forum will take place May 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Following the resounding success of the inaugural Forum in 2023, the event will continue to build a networking community and serve as the catalyst for individual, group, and industry action supporting more diverse, equitable, and inclusive energy workplaces. Mark your calendar and watch for additional information early in 2024.

What’s Up? News Updates

CEWD is reporting important news and updates in this new CEWD Connections section to keep readers abreast of energy workforce headlines. If you have any article suggestions, please email

Duke Energy leads four in Forbes’ best 150 employers for veterans

November 21, 2023

Duke Energy comes in #47 for Forbes top 150 employers for veterans.

Redeveloping retired coal sites into nuclear plants could benefit the planet and the economy

November 27, 2023

While closing coal power plants adversely impacts local communities, turning coal power plants to natural gas-fired power units or nuclear energy facilities can boost local employment opportunities, finds a new Electric Power Research Institute report.

EPRI introduces online tool to help power companies identify EV infrastructure needs

November 30, 2023

eRoadMAP, a new, free, tool developed by the Electric Power Research Institute, allows users to identify when electric vehicles are expected to arrive in different regions in the US. The tool can also be used for grid-planning efforts because it can identify where higher energy usage may be required by electric transportation needs.

H.R. 6655, the Stronger Workforce for America Act

December 6, 2023

An amended and reauthorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was proposed in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Foxx (R-NC) and Congressman Robert Scott (D-VA).

American Opportunity Index 2023 Report

The report by the Burning Glass Institute, Schultz Family Foundation, and Harvard Business School, the American Opportunity Index, assesses how US companies maximize their internal talent, leading to grater social mobility for their employees and communities, better ROI for the company, and overall employee quality, was published November 2023.

Happy Holidays

We know this has been a robust year for workforce development as companies look at new and aggressive ways to attract, train, and retain a skilled, diverse workforce. Many of those charged with workforce development have had more responsibilities thrust upon them this year than ever before. Hats off to all that has been accomplished in 2023.

From the entire CEWD team, best wishes for a relaxing and joyful holiday season.