Association of Energy Engineers unveils industry market trends

Survey results indicate high levels of interest in a national energy policy and exploration of energy efficiency by top management.
By Control Engineering Staff April 15, 2009

Atlanta – The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) , a nonprofit professional society with more 9,500 members, released the results of two surveys on the energy industry, energy jobs & green collar jobs, energy technology trends and energy independence & policy.
Based on nearly a thousand respondents from experienced energy professionals, the survey found:

  • Seventy-one percent (71%) indicate that for the U.S. to achieve energy independence, 10% of electricity should be generated from renewable sources by 2012 and 25% by 2025.

  • Ninety-seven percent (97%) indicate energy efficient technologies must be a major part of national energy policy in order to achieve energy independence.

  • Eighty-four percent (84%) of respondents indicated and increased level of interest from upper management in their company’s energy management strategies.

  • Sixty-one percent (61%) indicated their company has a Policy to reduce green house gas.

  • Seventy-two percent (72%) indicate a shortage of qualified professionals in the energy efficiency, sustainable and renewable energy fields in the next five years.

  • Seventy percent (70%) indicate a need for national and state training for “green jobs” to address job shortages that are impairing growth in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles and bio fuels development.

  • Forty-one percent (41%) plan to retire in the next 10 years.

According to Albert Thumann, executive director of the Association of Energy Engineers, “The need to develop qualified energy professionals servicing the green energy marketplace has never been greater. During the thirty-two year history of the Association of Energy Engineers, I have never seen a more crucial time to implement programs to create green jobs and train energy professionals to reduce dependence on foreign oil and provide stimulus for the economy.”
The complete surveys may be downloaded on a complimentary basis at:
http://www.aeecenter.org/shows/PDFs/Survey-2009MarketTrends.pdf
– Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director

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