Growing demand for electricity is taking a toll on our nation’s power supplies and delivery systems. Electric companies are working harder than ever to provide reliable, affordable, and increasingly cleaner electricity to their customers while facing considerable challenges. The transmission grid that delivers our electricity from generation stations to the consumer is extremely overloaded and outdated. The strain is beginning to show and today the system is being forced to perform functions for which it was not originally designed. Increased demand by consumers means that electric companies will need to increase generation, transmission and distribution systems to meet the future demands on the grid. And that is good news for the industry.
A recent survey conducted for Edison Electric Institute shows that from 2014 to 2034 the electric power industry will need to invest $298 billion in the nation’s transmission system, $505 billion in generation and $582 billion in the nation’s distribution system to meet expected demand growth. That’s nearly $1.4 trillion dollars in the power delivery system in those 20 years. That means that the industry will be looking for qualified lineworkers to update the current system and keep it running.
Consumption is expected to grow by 28 percent
That’s a headline that means great things for those in and entering the utility industry. It refers to the expected growth in the demand for electricity over the next 20 years. It has been estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau that 307 million people currently live in the United States and the population is projected to grow more than 20 percent by 2034. More people equals more demand.
A successful completion of our educational objectives by students results in graduates that will be qualified for a variety of positions including but not limited to the following:
- Apprentice Lineworker
- Meter Reading
- Meter Testing
- Groundman / Helper
- Warehouse Person
- Equipment Operator