Equity in Energy is an initiative designed to include and expand the participation of individuals in underserved communities, which includes minorities, Native Americans, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated persons, in all the programs of the Department of Energy. Equity in Energy also seeks to infuse and expand participation in the private energy sectors in our nation's economy to ensure America's energy independence.
Equity in Energy will focus on:
In underserved communities, there is often a shortfall in both awareness of the opportunities and how to fully participate in the numerous sectors of the energy economy. Additionally, it is critical to help bridge the gap between interest and entrance.
Create a diverse supply chain to identify acquisition opportunities for underrepresented stakeholders.
Facilitate an interconnected set of workforce development solutions to influence the future success of businesses, workers, and the nation.
Develop STEM capabilities to ensure success in a new information-based and highly technological society.
Provide practical, hands-on, workshops and seminars to assist businesses and individuals to gain access to opportunities within the energy sector.
Enhance and promote socio-economic sustainability in vulnerable communities to protect our national security.
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.