Iowa Utility Association
Branstad recognizes Careers in Energy Week with proclamation
DES MOINES, Iowa - (October 14, 2013) - Gov. Terry E. Branstad today marked the start of Iowa's first-ever Careers in Energy Week with a proclamation signing at the Statehouse to highlight efforts encouraging younger generations to pursue rewarding energy careers.
"Energy is an essential requirement for commercial and economic growth, including our state's leading economic drivers, such as agriculture, tourism, financial services and energy production itself," said Branstad as he read out loud the proclamation to utilities representatives in attendance. "Energy-related industries are actively working to develop a talent pipeline to produce and recruit workers to ensure future reliability, replacing retiring workers and maintaining a highly skilled and talented workforce to meet the new challenges of our evolving economy."
Nearly 30 percent of Iowa's investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities' workforce is 55 years of age and older and nearing retirement eligibility, which underscores the important role the utilities companies, educational institutions and communities have in making concerted, partnered efforts to draw public awareness to careers in energy.
Iowa's investor-owned utilities, such as Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy, this year planned various activities for Careers in Energy Week (Oct. 14 - 20, 2013) within their local communities to provide information regarding the stable, rewarding nature of careers within the industry. Activities include partnerships with community colleges' existing energy educational programs, community career day events and energy industry presentations within school curriculums.
According to most recent statistics available Iowa Workforce Development's 2013 Iowa Industry Profile for Utilities, Iowa's utilities sector comprises firms engaged in the provision of electric power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal services. The utilities sector employs 8,155 workers with a reported average annual wage of $77,574 - almost twice the statewide average of $40,343 for all industries. In Iowa, the utility industry's largest sub-sector, electrical power generation, employs nearly 80 percent of all the state's utility workers and offers the highest wages at an average annual wage of $82,511. Iowa's natural gas sub-sector employs 582 workers with an average annual wage of $72,081.
"We encourage Iowans to strongly consider careers in the energy industry," said Iowa Utility Association President Mark Douglas. "The energy industry offers good-paying jobs with excellent benefits for qualified skilled workers."
The Iowa Utility Association encourages individuals and organizations seeking more information about Careers in Energy Week to contact their respective utility companies. Additional information is also available by visiting the Center for Workforce Development's website at cewd.org.
The Iowa Utility Association, or IUA, was formed in 1971 to develop, organize and promote improvement in the common business interests and conditions of Iowa's investor-owned electric and natural gas public utilities: Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, MidAmerican Energy, ITC Midwest, Liberty Utilities and NextEra Energy Duane Arnold. From its offices near the capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, the IUA works with personnel from its member companies to develop, coordinate and promote common industry public policy. In addition, the IUA organizes various forums to advance public understanding of industry issues and economic development initiatives. The IUA's website can be accessed via www.iowautility.org.
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