EFI and NASEO Announce Major Expansion of the Data Offered in the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER)

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) today announced a major expansion of the data offered in the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). This year, the USEER will be expanded to include estimates of job levels in pipeline construction, wages, and energy storage employment.

Moreover, the 2019 report will offer—for the first time – comparative analysis of wage levels across multiple energy sectors.

EFI, a not-for-profit clean energy think tank led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and NASEO, which represents the 56 governor-designated State and Territory energy officials, teamed up last year to produce the 2018 USEER, examining four sectors of the economy: Electric Power Generation and Fuels; Transmission, Distribution, and Storage; Energy Efficiency; and Motor Vehicles.

So far, state energy offices in Florida, Wisconsin, California, and Tennessee have committed to funding the report, and major support has been secured by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Energy Foundation, E2 and the William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation.

The 2019 USEER will be once again be guided by David Foster, a Distinguished Associate at EFI. “We’re very excited that the USEER will now be able to track wage data for all the different technologies that we surveyed,” said Foster. “As a result, we can measure the quality of the jobs we’re creating as energy technology takes off, and offer analysis on the salaries that come with those positions.”

“The U.S. Energy and Employment Report provides NASEO’s members, governordesignated State Energy Directors, with crucial data to inform the policies, plans, and programs they are developing for their governors across all energy sectors,” added David Terry, Executive
Director of NASEO. “We’re excited about providing new data to the states and private sector energy firms regarding wages, pipeline jobs, and energy storage to ensure we offer a robust view of changing energy markets.”

Last year’s USEER attracted bipartisan support, with the report’s launch on Capitol Hill sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and featuring remarks by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), respectively the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy &
Natural Resources.

The 2019 USEER data is currently being collected by BW Research Partnership, a research consultancy that conducted employer surveys for the 2018 USEER as well as for the first two editions produced by the Department of Energy.