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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:​

 

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Interest and Access

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.

Supplier Diversity

Enhance the productivity of the energy sector supply chain by identifying areas where diversity can add meaningful value.

Workforce Development

Maximize the efficiency and vibrancy of the energy sector, which provides jobs to millions of Americans, and fuels our continued economic prosperity and security. 

STEM Enhancement

Develop and cultivate relationships and resources to advance the next generation of STEM educated professionals.

Technical Assistance

Provide practical, hands-on, workshops and seminars to assist businesses and individuals to gain access to opportunities within the energy sector.

Energy Affordability

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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • 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.

Recent Activity

Equity in Energy Visits Pittsburgh
On Dec 17, DOE and SBA co-hosted a discussion of the Equity in Energy initiative with stakeholders in the Pennsylvania energy community.
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DOE Hosts Equity In Energy™ Hispanic Stakeholder Discussion
On Oct 8, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity hosted the Equity In Energy Hispanic Stakeholder Discussion in Washington, D.C.
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DOE Hosts Equity In Energy™ Tribal Stakeholder Discussion
On Aug 13, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity held “Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies to Reduce Disparities within the Energy Sector."
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DOE Hosts Equity In Energy™ Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Stakeholder Discussion
On Aug. 13,the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity hosted the Equity In Energy™ Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Stakeholder Discussion.
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DOE Hosts Equity In Energy™ African American Stakeholder Discussion
On July 15, 2019, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity hosted the Equity In Energy™ African American Stakeholder Discussion.
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Equity in Energy Visits the Pacific Northwest
On June 25th-26th, stakeholders in the energy community gathered in the Pacific Northwest for the Equity in Energy: Stakeholder & Lab Engagement.
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DOE Hosts Equity In Energy™ Hispanic Stakeholder Discussion
On June 18, Director Campos hosted an Equity in Energy™ Hispanic Stakeholder Discussion to solicit feedback and facilitate an increased open dialogue.
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Houston, We Have Equity in Energy
The inaugural Equity in Energy Engagement and 2020 Summit Planning Meeting and Reception in Houston, Texas.
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