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Diversity & Inclusion

Having a diverse and inclusive workforce that mirrors the communities we serve benefits our customers, our employees, and our businesses. As an industry, we have made great progress, and I believe we’re ready to raise the bar even higher. Adoption of this commitment is a positive step forward in enhancing and advancing D&I in our companies and throughout our industry.

Pat Vincent-Collawn
Former EEI Chairman
PNM Resources Chairman, President and CEO
Key Facts
7 million+
American Jobs

​As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million American jobs, equivalent to about 5% of all jobs in the United States. This includes nearly 2.7 million jobs directly provided through electric power industry employees, contractors and supply chain, and investments, and an additional 4.4 million induced jobs.​

10 percent+
New Hires From Military Veteran Hiring

​Military veteran hiring accounted for more than 10 percent of new hires as of year-end 2014.​

15 years
Average Employment

​Electric companies provide good jobs, good pay, and good benefits. On average, employees work in the industry for more than 15 years. In 2015, the electric power industry’s median annual wages were $73,000—twice the national median.​

Company Highlights
    Workforce Development Programs
    Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)

    ​CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations focused on building a skilled workforce pipeline to meet future industry needs

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    Troops to Energy Jobs

    ​Troops to Energy Jobs is a collaboration among CEWD, EEI, and EEI member companies that makes it easier for veterans to translate their skills and training into rewarding energy careers.

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    Veterans in Energy

    Veterans in Energy is a national employee resource group that provides transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry

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    EEI's Business Diversity Program

    ​For more than 33 years, EEI's Business (formerly Supplier Diversity) Diversity Program has created opportunities for diverse businesses to take part in the growth of the electric utility industry. EEI and its members aim to establish long-term relationships with diverse suppliers who provide products and services that help our industry succeed in a highly competitive environment.  EEI's membership continue to build close alliances with diverse suppliers, knowing that a business practice today will impact business development tomorrow.

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    Additional Resources
    Electric Perspectives, July/August 2018
    Electric Companies Embrace Diversity and Inclusion
    Electric Perspectives, July/August 2018
    Pathways Into Energy Careers
    Electric Perspectives, May/June 2018
    Inspiring a New Generation of Energy Leaders
    October 17, 2017
    Entergy Starts Certified Line Worker Training Program
    August 2017
    ComEd Hosts 4th Annual Icebox Derby

    Powering America
    August 2017
    The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry