The Equity in Energy initiative is designed to expand the inclusion and participation of individuals in underserved communities, such as minorities, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated persons, in all the programs of the Department of Energy and in the private energy sector. Equity in Energy is working to secure America's national security and energy dominance through maximizing and engaging all human capital to ensure America's independence for generations to come.
Equity in Energy will focus on:
In underserved communities, there is often a shortfall in both the awareness of the opportunities and how to fully participate in the numerous sectors of the energy economy. Equity in Energy aims to establish critical linkages between underserved communities and the energy sector to help bridge the gap between interest and entrance.
Enhance the productivity of the energy sector supply chain by identifying areas where diversity can add meaningful value.
Maximize the efficiency and vibrancy of the energy sector, which provides jobs to millions of Americans, and fuels our continued economic prosperity and security.
Develop and cultivate relationships and resources to advance the next generation of STEM educated professionals.
Provide practical, hands-on, workshops and seminars to assist businesses and individuals to gain access to opportunities within the energy sector.
Enhance and promote the efficient and sustainable production & delivery of energy, especially to vulnerable and underserved communities.
Additionally, the initiative’s interest and access goals will be enhanced through:
- Technology & Artificial Intelligence
- Workforce Readiness for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
- Opportunity Zones
In order to establish and sustain a successful initiative, the DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity facilitates the convening and cultivation of synergies between external stakeholders in underserved communities and the Department’s offices to bring awareness to the current issues, address potential solutions moving forward, and to inform stakeholders of opportunities available.