February 2024

Check out the latest information on key programs and priorities CEWD is working on to support a skilled, diverse energy workforce and news and notes we have found of interest. Please share this publication with others who may be interested. To subscribe, please contact staff@cewd.org.

Issue #155, February, 2024


  • CEWD Publishes National Energy Workforce Blueprint
  • Sneak Peek:  2024 DE&I Forum Agenda
  • 2024 Workforce Development Summit
  • CEWD Explores Removing Barriers
  • News Updates
  • CEWD on the Road

Last Call for Registrations for March 6 Webinar

This webinar will provide a brief recap of the 2023 Energy Workforce Survey. We will start the afternoon with high-level survey take-aways and transition to questions from participants. CEWD members will find the Summit presentation, the Executive Summary, and the Demand Reports in the members’ only section of the CEWD website. Find out the latest on key demographics and trends that are defining the industry’s workforce and learn how to interpret important regional demand data. Register here.

Sneak Peek: 2024 DE&I Forum Agenda

This year’s DE&I Forum will unite the industry’s DE&I leaders to take a deep dive into the true issues facing diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals today, with a focus on action and progress.

This event will not just showcase successful DE&I initiatives, but look to see the HOW behind the results. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

Closed Door Session: C-Suite Conversation on Industry Diversity Progress

  • Opening Keynote: Why Energy Executives Must Reaffirm Commitments to DE&I Now
  • Measuring what Matters with Financial Indicators
  • Don’t Get Comfortable. A Crystal Ball Look at Expected DE&I Priorities for 2025 and Beyond
  • It’s Time to Do Things Differently. Empowering Middle Managers for Change in Energy Companies
  • A Five-Year Workplan to Expand Diversity in Skilled Trade Roles
  • We Hear You. Do You Hear Us? An Open Dialogue Between the Department of Energy and the Industry’s Diversity Leaders
  • Understanding Your Brand as an Employer Within Underrepresented Communities
  • Equity 202

Register here.

Book hotel reservations here.

Sign up to sponsor the event here.

Mark your calendar! CEWD’s 2024 Workforce Development Summit will be held November 19-21 in Washington, DC.

CEWD Explores Removing Barriers to Hiring from the Re-Entry Population

The Department of Corrections is considering adding CEWD’s Energy Industry Fundamentals curriculum into the corrections system. To support consideration of the process, CEWD would like to speak with energy companies that currently hire those who have been incarcerated and those who are considering doing so. Please contact Kristie Kelley to discuss.

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 christina@cewd.org.


Biden Administration To Fund Training For Non-Degree Clean Energy Jobs

February 23, 2024

The Biden Administration announced a new $24 million funding opportunity to support clean energy workforce training opportunities that do not require traditional 4-year college degrees. The funding establishes Industrial Assessment Centers with the mission to support small and medium sized business to:

         Reduce energy waste and improve productivity;

         And provide students, apprentices, and incumbent workers with training and development opportunities at these small and medium-sized businesses. 


ComEd’s Black History Month STEM Labs Program

February 21, 2024

In honor of Black History Month, ComEd brought together 75 African American high school students in Chicago at their STEM Lab Experience. This Experience offered hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the STEM education for students and connect them with black mentors who have similar life experiences as them, so these students could see themselves in the STEM field.


Urban League Hosting Job Fair for Spire Next Tuesday

February 19, 2024

The Urban League of St Louis sheds light on the Urban Energy Jobs Program and partners with Spire Energy to host a Job Fair this February. Interviews are conducted on the spot for currently open positions at Spire Energy, and receive support for the application process. A similar job fair in the past result in 6 hires, bringing over $.5 million in income to the community.


Charging Up America: The Growth of United States Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Jobs

January 23, 2024

Many sectors are looking to the energy sector as they chart the path to become more sustainable. The transportation sector is no different. However, electrifying the transportation sector will require research and development, including new infrastructure and technology. A new report form the International Council on Clean Transportation projects the number of jobs created by the expansion of electric light-duty vehicle (LDV) and medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (MHDV) charging infrastructure to meet annual charging needs through 2032. Notably, estimates show that growth in US charging infrastructure for LDV and MHDV can create more than 160,000 jobs by 2032.

CEWD On The Road

The CEWD team has been on the road quite a bit lately talking about building a skilled, diverse energy workforce. We are grateful to have attended NARUC, the Hispanics in Energy Policy Conference, and ACORE’s Accelerate Reception over the past week alone. We hope to connect with you in the next few weeks at these upcoming events. 

  • March 4 – LAMPAC
  • March 4 – National Urban League Clean Energy Career Event
  • March 11 – EPRI Electrification Conference
  • March 23 – National Association of Workforce Boards Conference
  • April 9 – APPA Engineering and Operations Conference
  • May 3-5 – EV Workforce Collaborative National Taskforce (NGA and NLC)
  • May 4-5 – National Skills Coalition Policy Event