AESP/essense partners survey: More Than Half of Energy Program Management Groups at Utilities Have Unfilled Positions
PHOENIX, AZ – In a recent survey aimed at energy industry professionals and conducted by the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and Essense Partners, more than half of the respondents reported having open positions – some of which have been open for six months or longer.
The number of utility program jobs is increasing steadily across utility companies. On average, energy efficiency program departments have grown 20% in the past five years, according to the survey.
The hardest positions to fill, according to the respondents are those in data analytics, followed by technical support, field staff, managers and program managers.
The survey results are consistent with federal government data on the growth in energy efficiency employment. The Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, which found that there are 2.2 million workers across the construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and professional and business service industries that spend some or all of their time working with energy-efficient technologies and services. This is an increase from 1.9 million one year ago.
“We see unlimited potential for the growth in the energy efficiency sector,” said John Hargrove, President and CEO of AESP. “On the residential side, developments in the Internet of Things, connected and smart home technologies make it easier to monitor and reduce energy usage. On the commercial side, companies are finding that being energy efficient has direct benefits to their bottom line. As both of these sectors embrace energy efficiency, they will drive the need for more people to design, implement and evaluate innovative energy efficiency programs.”
The survey findings are published in Trends In Energy and Demand Management, a new, wide-ranging energy industry survey conducted by the Association for Energy Services Professionals in partnership with Essense Partners.
The second of four parts, focusing on jobs in energy efficiency was released today. The additional research components: distributed energy resources (DER) and the Internet of Things, will be released later this year. A report on program participation rates was previously released.
To view a copy of the jobs in energy efficiency report, contact David Harrison at [email protected]
The Association of Energy Services Professionals (www.aesp.org) provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Our members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms. Founded in 1989, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources.
About Essense Partners
Essense Partners is an award-winning research, strategic marketing and branding firm focused exclusively on the evolving energy sector. Essense is multi-disciplinary: we are energy strategists, researchers, marketers, and branding experts. At Essense we create concrete, meaningful experiences around the intangible, like energy. We exceed our clients’ expectations by understanding energy business models inside and out, and by embracing technology as an integral part of the customer experience.