The future of smart grid continues to be very strong. Investment continues to flow into businesses active in the smart grid sector, driving innovation, job creation and significant change. Utilities are moving from the planning to the deployment stage of smart grid and budgets to support those efforts are on the rise. (Microsoft - Industry Survey 2011)
In the utilities sector, shifting requirements of existing jobs makes retraining efforts of the existing workforce a primary priority, particularly in those utilities that are in the process of deploying smart grid solutions. While new jobs are being created, this retraining effort to enable current employees within the utility smart grid workforce to adapt and take on new roles related to smart grid technology and processes is particularly active.
Utilities, contractors, suppliers, integrators, and manufacturers continue to take an active interest in the smart grid. Skill sets related to communications technology and software development and management will be particularly valuable for companies throughout the electric energy industry. Developing sufficient skill strength in the labor market to address this demand is critical.