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Diversity & Inclusion

​This past year has challenged us all, including making us pause and evaluate ways in which we can work together to better engage with and support underrepresented groups within our workforce and our communities. Our commitment to doing better and to making progress is stronger than ever.

Tom Kuhn
EEI President
Measuring Our Progress

​To participate in EEI’s DEI initiative, member companies must commit to implement at least three recommended actions that support our industry goals. The industry goals are:

  • Ensure that DEI efforts are driven from the top.
  • Remove barriers to entry by expanding and broadening the pool of diverse candidates.
  • Establish stronger community connections.
  • Establish infrastructure academies and training programs.

As of June 2021, the initiative has 100-percent participation, and member companies, on average, are implementing five actions to meet their DEI commitment.

America’s Electric Companies Are Committed to Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leading by Example on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
EEI’s member companies are taking meaningful and measurable actions that will make a difference for their employees and for the customers and communities they serve. Select a state to learn more about your electric company’s commitment to racial and social justice and DEI.

Company Highlights
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  • DTE Energy

    ​DTE Energy launched a first-of-its-kind Tree Trim Academy to create 200 high-paying jobs in Detroit over the next three years. In partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17, the City of Detroit, and Focus: HOPE, DTE’s Tree Trim Academy will offer new jobs, paid training, and wraparound services – like childcare and transportation – for a diverse pool of talent. The tree trimmers graduating from the Academy, like other tree trimmers DTE Energy employs, will help to ensure energy reliability by reducing outages due to fallen trees and branches.

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  • Edison International

    ​Edison International has published its 2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report, sharing strengths and areas where the company can do better. The new report includes Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Edison Energy. In addition to describing charitable contributions and supplier diversity, the report includes candid employee sentiment and pay equity details—and outlines what Edison is doing to improve employees’ experiences. To advance DEI throughout the company and the communities it serves, Edison made six internal and four external commitments that include transparency, training, talent sourcing and development, detecting and remediating bias, and supplier diversity, among other areas. 

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  • Exelon

    ​Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane surprised seven young women from the company’s STEM Leadership Academy with news that Exelon will provide them with full-ride college scholarships. The Exelon STEM Leadership Academy is a free, week-long experience for teen girls ages 16-19 from diverse and low-income communities that is held each summer in the Washington, D.C., metro region, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship offers a supportive and clear pathway from student engagement in the academy to entry into the energy workforce, ideally as an Exelon employee. The total value of the seven scholarships is about $1 million. 

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  • Pepco

    ​Pepco and the District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services (DOES) celebrated the graduation of the latest cohort of the Pepco Utility Training School program with the D.C. Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) on May 13. Pepco and DOES held a virtual celebration during Infrastructure Week to recognize the graduates' achievement along with their families and friends. This first cohort of 2021 had 19 graduates, including three women, and 90 percent of the graduates are from majority-Black communities. All the graduates are on track to receive a job offer by June with Pepco or a Contractor of Choice. Including this latest cohort, more than 70 District residents have graduated from the Pepco Utility Training School and have been offered jobs since 2018.

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  • PSEG

    ​PSEG’s Joule Leadership Program is a new senior leadership development program that was designed to enhance and accelerate development and mobility opportunities for people of color, often underrepresented in management roles, and to open doors for their contributions to help ensure that PSEG remains a great company where every employee can thrive. Additional objectives include increasing talent visibility and exposure, and actively providing opportunities for development of diverse and inclusive PSEG talent.

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  • Southern Company

    ​Southern Company joined Apple, educators, and community stakeholders in announcing the launch of the Propel Center, a new digital learning hub, business incubator, and global innovation headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, for students of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Propel is both a physical and virtual campus that is designed to provide HBCUs with shared resources to support their work of preparing leaders to improve our world. Via a physical campus and digital learning tools, students from 100-plus HBCUs will be able to connect with the brightest minds in the world, through one-of-a-kind global opportunities. 

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EEI's Business Diversity Program

​For more than four decades, EEI's Business Diversity (formerly Supplier Diversity) Program has created opportunities for diverse businesses to take part in the growth of the electric power industry. EEI and its members aim to establish long-term relationships with diverse suppliers who provide products and services that help our industry succeed in a highly competitive environment. EEI's membership continue to build close alliances with diverse suppliers, knowing that a business practice today will impact business development tomorrow.

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Workforce Development Programs
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)

​CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations focused on building a skilled workforce pipeline to meet future industry needs

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Troops to Energy Jobs

​Troops to Energy Jobs is a collaboration among CEWD, EEI, and EEI member companies that makes it easier for veterans to translate their skills and training into rewarding energy careers.

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Veterans in Energy

Veterans in Energy is a national employee resource group that provides transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry

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Additional Resources
Press Release, June 8, 2021
America’s Electric Companies Are Committed to Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Electric Perspectives, May/June 2021
Meeting the Moment
Press Release, May 19, 2021
EEI Announces Winners of 2021 Business Diversity Awards
Elecric Perspectives, March/April 2021
Duke Energy Supports Small Business Via Minority-Owned Bank
Press Release, June 2, 2020
America’s Electric Companies Speak Out Against Racial Intolerance, Reinforce Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
June 2021
Electric Companies Prepare Future Lineworkers
April 2021
FirstEnergy Offers Equal Access Scholarships for PSI Program
June 2021
Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion