Preparing for the Future
As a wave of workers with industrial expertise begin to retire out of the workforce over the next decade, they’re taking with them invaluable historical and operational knowledge and creating a workforce gap that will hit the power sector especially hard. According to the 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report, 84% of employers across the energy sector report difficulty in hiring qualified workers. The power industry is seeing job growth in clean energy but the skillsets it demands are changing. New workers may lack legacy knowledge of their predecessors but need digital acumen to adjust to a technology-powered landscape.
GE Digital’s products incorporate the domain knowledge that comes from being an industry-leading OEM, along with leading AI technologies that provide insights and recommendations to improve asset performance and operations management.
As we look toward the rapidly changing future of power generation, I’m excited about the future of energy—for the planet and for our customers. When I think about the fact that we are literally helping our customers bring power to people—that we play a part in powering hospitals, educating children, keeping the lights on all over the globe—I feel a profound sense of gratitude and responsibility. It’s a very exciting time in our industry.
Before I sign off, our friends at GE Power host Cutting Carbon, an informative podcast series dedicated to decarbonization and how technology will influence how we generate electricity in the future. I was pleased to join Colin Parris, GE Digital’s Chief Technology Officer, for a recent episode – Digital and the Grid. We discussed the role that the electrical grid will play today and tomorrow to ensure the growing energy needs of the world are met. If you’d like to hear more, you can listen in anytime.