28 March 2017 2017 11:00 AM GMT

Can Women Solve The Skills Gap Problem In A Rapidly Growing Clean Energy Sector?

Women can and should, address the skills gap problem in the rapidly growing clean energy sector – globally. That is the bold declaration from Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA); who addressed a significant consequence of the pace of the global energy transition upon the release of Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest global energy sector skills, recruitment, and employment trends report, released by Energyjobline and Airswift.

It states that renewable energy is a rapidly growing field globally, offering huge opportunities. Yet, the report also indicates a potential problem that significantly more skilled workers are needed to match growth in the renewable energy sector. The report offers an insight into an industry that is already rising to the challenge, as despite the skills gap, more women can be found in senior positions compared to in other industries.

Commenting on the release of the GETI Report this week, Dr Skorupska said: “This report is a welcome statement that there is a bright future for young people working in renewable energy and smart technologies globally. UK students and existing energy professionals should consider a career in this rapidly growing field that will be critical in mitigating climate change and creating a sustainable world in the coming decades.

The REA Chief calls on women and young people in the UK to take courses and train in renewables and sustainability in order to help build the low-carbon energy system that’s needed. “The data shows that there are more women in senior positions in renewables than in other energy sectors, but 13 percent isn’t enough! This is a dynamic, exciting, and rapidly shifting industry and I encourage women and men of all backgrounds to become involved.” The GETI survey can be found here.

Dr Skorupska was the first women to run a power station for RWE in the UK. She has held senior positions in global energy companies in the past, including for Essent NV. She was awarded a CBE in 2016 for her service in renewables and for encouraging women to work in the sciences and in engineering. Dr Skorupska is also a Board member of the WISE campaign.

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and clean technology trade association in the UK, with approximately 700 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

January 10th 2018
US: Doubling Of Wind & Solar Capacity Possible By 2020 as Coal & Nuclear Drop

In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020 – effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.  The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of the coal and nuclear industries.

December 27th 2017
Rooftop PV Presents a $23 Billion Opportunity in India Over The Next 5 Years

India is accelerating development of renewable energy projects to provide cheap, reliable and clean power to its 1.3 billion people. The country’s per-capita on-grid electricity consumption has increased significantly over the four years; due to increased industrial activity, higher uptake of electrical appliances by residential electricity users and the addition of new consumers to the grid. During this period, the cost of electricity from rooftop PV has halved, due to fierce competition in the market and a drop in equipment prices. In contrast, average retail electricity rates have increased by 22% in the same period. This has made rooftop PV cheaper than commercial and industrial grid tariffs in all major states in India.

February 5th 2018
Masdar City To Test Latest Concepts In Autonomous Electric Vehicles

ICONIQ Motors, a China-based EV company, has reached agreement to test its autonomous driving concept at Masdar City. The ICONIQ SEVEN, one of the world’s latest EV models is a futuristic vehicle, built on an intelligent, connected vehicle platform integrated with Microsoft’s AZURE cloud technology; and is set to hit the market in 2019. “Masdar City has put smart and sustainable mobility at the centre of its strategy, as highlighted by the historic success of its flagship driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system,” said Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Madsar. “It is the ideal location to test innovative autonomous driving concepts.”


 

   

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