The grid edge sits at a niche intersection of utilities, finance, consulting and technology solutions. White men occupy a significant majority of leadership positions in each of these industries.
The ongoing modernization, decentralization and digitization of the grid is opening up new opportunities to work and lead in the sector. This presents a critical opportunity to diversify the grid edge workforce.
Diversity, not only of areas of expertise, but also of gender, race and ethnicity is what will help us propel grid modernization forward.
Diversity does not happen by accident. When asked recently about his experience founding Greentech Media, GTM co-founder Scott Clavenna reflected: “I do have at least one regret: not doing a better job with diversity in hiring. ‘Looking out’ for diversity doesn’t cut it.”
Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables recognizes the need for a more intentional diversification of our own teams and the industry conversations we facilitate through our research, media presence, and leading industry events.
To build a more diverse workplace, companies in the grid edge space must intentionally create opportunities for all kinds of people by increasing access to the right networks, skills and opportunities -- and to hold leaders accountable. W.A.G.E. seeks to promote conversation about these topics, and to champion diversity in the energy industry.
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