Energy Workforce Development Pathways Summit

October 21, 2021


The Virginia Clean Economy Act was passed in the 2020 Virginia Legislature as House Bill 1526 and Senate Bill 851. Among other things, the Act establishes a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard Program which requires Dominion Energy Virginia to be 100 percent renewable by 2045 and Appalachian Power to be 100 percent renewable by 2050; establishes an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS); and declares certain Energy Efficiency (EE) pilot programs in the public interest.

Virginia’s energy workforce will need to grow and evolve in order to reach these ambitious objectives. In addition, Virginia’s thriving defense industry companies, advanced manufacturing, and services capabilities are driving energy employment toward a very bright future. The summit will bring together educators, energy industry representatives, community organizations, and policymakers at all levels of government to discuss the changing nature of work in Virginia’s rapidly evolving energy industry as well as current and future energy sector workforce needs, culminating in the publication of the Virginia Energy Workforce Roadmap to 2045.

View the agenda below.

We look forward to your participation on October 21st.

You will receive a link for the event by email after you register for the event.

If you have any questions, please email


Meeting Agenda


9:00 am Welcome RemarksMatt Kellam, VEWC Chairperson
9:05 am A Roadmap to 2045 for Virginia’s Energy Workforce – Ed Baine, President of Dominion Energy Virginia
9:30 am

The Evolving Workforce of Virginia’s Energy Economy

ModeratorBeth Offenbaker, Waterford, Inc


10:20 am Break
10:30 am

Building the Energy Workforce Pipeline

ModeratorDavid Peterson, Executive Director, SHINE


11:20 am Break
11:30 pm

We’re All in This Together: Forging Alliances 

ModeratorEleana Legree, Vice President of Investor Relations and Membership Engagement, Virginia Chamber of Commerce


12:20 pm Break
12:30 pm Questions, Next steps, Wrap Up, and Closing Remarks – Jennifer Palestrant, Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Energy
1:00 pm Adjourn

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