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Developing a Workforce to Support the Evolving Grid


In order to meet decarbonization and renewable energy goals set by numerous authorities, workforce development is gaining much needed attention. The US Department of Energy (DoE), IEEE, and many utilities are actively pursuing projects and initiatives to meet the demand for trained and credentialed personnel. The DoE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provides an overview of workforce development activities and needs in the renewable energy industry.


In addition, a member of the 1547 Utility Advisory Board provides an overview of current practices adopted by multiple utilities to conform to the IEEE 1547 DER standard, making a case on the increasing need for trained and qualified people.


The presentation also provides a view to a current interconnection and commissioning process adopted by utilities.


Attendees will also hear more details about the IEEE 1547 Education and Credentialing Program.


Betony Jones

Senior Advisor for Workforce, US Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Prior to joining the DoE, Betony was the founder and CEO of Inclusive Economics, a strategy firm working at the intersection of labor, workforce and energy issues. Through both Inclusive Economics and the University of California, Berkeley, where she was Associate Director of the Green Economy program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, she has published dozens of research papers on workforce and jobs analysis related to climate and clean energy policy.

Aaron Anaya

DER Interconnection Ombudsman and Section Manager of Technology Engineering, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Aaron and his team are responsible for DER interconnection, distribution protection and power quality. He represents Orange and Rockland on the Interconnection Policy and Technical Working Groups in New York. He also served as IEEE 1547.2 Application Guide lead for the power quality and grounding subgroups and is an advisor for IEEE 1547 Utility Advisory Board (UAB). He has a BSEE from SUNY New Paltz and a Master of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Professional Engineer in New York State and a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.

Ravi Subramaniam

Director, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP)

Ravi advises and consults for numerous working groups on post standards implementation which encompasses test plan, certification program development and interoperability. Prior to taking on this role, Ravi has served in various technology management roles across the globe. He has previously worked for MET Eurofins, Honeywell and Ericsson. Ravi studied Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University and has an executive MBA from Rutgers University.


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