Renewable Energy Firms' Labor Force Found Lacking in Racial Diversity and Gender Equality

Written by: Jack Money
Published on: Dec 29, 2021

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When Joey Mather got a job with Enel Green Power as a document control person at a construction site near Ponca City eight years ago, she didn't expect to last long.

"I was getting out of my comfort zone, going to work every day wearing steel-toed boots and a hard hat. If it wouldn't have been for the people I worked with, I probably would have just left," she said.

Back then, Mather was the first woman to be hired to work at an Enel Green Power wind farm construction site in Oklahoma.

"There obviously is a stigma that goes along with working in a male-dominated industry. But everyone I worked with was very accepting of me, made me feel very comfortable," Mather said. "And when I go through construction or operating sites now, it is nothing to see multiple women doing the same type of work I did and other types of work as well, including operations and maintenance types of jobs."

Still, a report issued earlier this year indicates the renewable energy industry must do considerably more to improve its employment rates for women and ethnicities.

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