Because the energy efficiency services sector (EESS) is poised to become an increasingly important part of the U.S. economy, this study explores projections and considerations for future growth.
Given the growing interest in energy efficiency, there is a concern among policy makers, program administrators, and others that there is an insufficiently trained workforce in place to meet the energy efficiency goals being put in place by local, state, and federal policymakers. To understand the likelihood of a potential workforce gap and appropriate response strategies, one needs to understand the size, composition, and potential for growth of the EESS. This report consists of a bottom-up approach based upon almost 300 interviews with program administrators, education and training providers, regulatory staff and a variety of EESS employers, trade associations and unions; communications with over 50 sector experts; as well as an extensive literature review. Findings provide insight into key aspects of the EESS by describing the current job composition, the current workforce size, projections for growth in spending and employment in the EESS through 2020, and key issues that may limit this growth. (p.1) (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Findings from the study highlighted several key challenges for energy efficiency services sector (EESS) growth: • Difficulty hiring into the EESS for any position other than entry level; • The challenge of finding managers with energy efficiency experience is a significant issue; • Engineers with the appropriate skills are difficult to find; • Retirement is an issue for the building and construction industry and; • The building and construction industry is largely unaware that the EESS is expanding. (p.9-10) (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff) tractor: Author and Website Staff)