New Jobs in Energy Policy and the Energy Industry
The United States is an energy consumer world leader and is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading energy suppliers and exporters. Rising global consumer demand and advancing global technology combine with a massive labor force and highly developed supply chain and distribution system in some energy industry sectors make the U.S. energy market very competitive in the estimated $6 trillion worldwide energy marketplace. Some factors contribute to the strength of the U.S. domestic energy market including the following:
A combination of several factors contributes
to the competitiveness of the U.S. domestic energy market, including technological advances in alternative energy storage and demand for energy as a more affordable, abundant, and reliable source. One of the contributing factors is the widespread availability and use of EERE, or Electricity Electronic Device. This flexible technology allows electricity suppliers to store excess energy captured during off-peak hours. In addition, the abundance of existing power generation capacity has also contributed to the stability of the U.S. domestic electricity market. Finally, increased regulatory oversight has resulted in increasingly stringent rules and regulations that have reduced the threat of scams and deceptive practices by energy suppliers.
In addition to the above-mentioned factors
the domestic energy industry faces many other challenges. Many factors are causing higher utility bills; utility prices are expected to continue to rise in coming years, and federal government regulation is straining the industry. As a result, many businesses have sought to take advantage of state and federal government programs that support energy conservation and efficiency. The two most common programs are the Energy Assistance Program (EEP) and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EER) Programs.
Among the advancements in energy technology
that is resulting in greater storage capabilities and demand for portable energy, types of equipment are portable heaters, steam generators, and batteries. The portable heaters can provide a steady source of warm air inside a room that requires additional heating. A steam generator can efficiently generate electricity for heating a home but has limited water pressure and therefore must be positioned in an area with sufficient water flow to generate steam.
Demand for efficient appliances
including refrigerators and dishwashers, is increasing as homeowners become more aware of their impact on the environment. Energy-efficient appliances are more cost-effective and may reduce the amount of energy expended on routine activities such as washing clothes. Additionally, energy-efficient equipment reduces the need for conventional energy sources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. The EERE program supports the research and development of energy-efficient appliances. For example, the Energy Factor website allows appliance users to determine their energy efficiency rating.
There are also many changes taking place
within the energy industry. Advances in renewable energy are making solar power and wind energy commercially viable. The residential and commercial markets continue to respond to the increased popularity of energy efficiency, and the industry is seeing tremendous growth. These factors, together with the EERE program, are expected to increase the demand for qualified energy experts in virtually every area of the country.