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Energy Hiring Up, But Talent Still At A Premium
By: CareerCast.com
A recent Hard Hat Hub study of construction and engineering professionals in the power (transmission and distribution) industry found that companies will ramp up hiring in 2014, but many are having trouble finding talent and filling open positions. Nearly 70% of the companies reported experiencing growth in the parts of their businesses that relate to the transmission and distribution of power. The remaining 30% said that their firms, while not hiring today, “may be” before year’s end. Ninety percent of respondents reported that 2014 will be a stronger year for hiring than in previous years. And not a single person ... more
Inspiring Energy's Next Generation
By: CareerCast.com
To help promote the next generation of professionals in the energy industry, IOGP is launching the Outstanding Young Professional Award in association with the biennial SPE HSSE-SR International Conference. The award will recognize the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience, who can demonstrate professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, the environment and/or social responsibility. IOGP is looking to senior members of the oil and gas industry to nominate young professionals who meet the award criteria. READ MORE AT PENN ENERGYmore
Optimism Abundant Across Natural Gas Industry
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Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions in the U.S. Natural Gas Industry Report shows optimism across the industry for future growth is as plentiful as domestic shale gas reserves. The report is based on a comprehensive survey of natural gas industry leaders and includes analysis from Black & Veatch industry experts. When asked about their view of the industry’s future growth, 92 percent of respondents stated they were either “optimistic” or “very optimistic”. “We are witnessing a rapid change in the industry,” said Greg Hopper, Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s Natural Gas and Power Generation Fuels Advisory Services. “In just ... more
Energy Hiring Outlook Is Promising For Veterans
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Southern Company recognized the first graduates of the transmission line and substation construction apprentice training program the company helped establish at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Ga. This program is one example of outreach by the energy industry to veterans of the military. Careers related to energy are among the best jobs for veterans . As a longtime supporter of the military, Southern Company is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through this innovative partnership with the U.S. Army," said Southern Company Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "By bringing this specialized training to Fort Stewart, we are helping veterans successfully ... more
Oil Necessary To Power Wind Turbines
By: CareerCast.com
Wind turbines are the most visible symbols of the quest for renewable electricity generation. And yet, although they exploit the wind, which is as free and as green as energy can be, the machines themselves are pure embodiments of fossil fuels. Large trucks bring steel and other raw materials to the site, earth-moving equipment beats a path to otherwise inaccessible high ground, large cranes erect the structures, and all these machines burn diesel fuel. So do the freight trains and cargo ships that convey the materials needed for the production of cement, steel, and plastics. For a 5-megawatt turbine, the ... more
BLM Expands Best Management Practices for Oil and Gas Activity
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The US Bureau of Land Management announced expanded best management practices (BMP) for oil and gas producers operating on onshore federal lands. The additional BMP aim to increase wildlife protection during exploration and production of onshore federal leases, the US Department of the Interior agency said late last month. The policies also cover geothermal resources, it added. It said industry leaders and the agency have actively cooperated in recent years to significantly decrease the number of wildlife deaths associated with fluid mineral operations. The new BMP build on this cooperation by establishing a consistent policy approach and set of practices, ... more
A New Generation Of Oil And Gas Workers
By: CareerCast.com
Good oil and gas talent is in short supply. Combine the so-called “Big Shift Change” with the reduced number of students applying for and completing STEM courses in college, and there is a serious concern about where the next generation of industry talent will come from. As oil and gas companies bring in new talent to meet staffing demands, CEB research shows that five-in-six hiring managers believe their new graduate hires lack the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. But rather than changing their hiring strategies to find candidates with the potential to learn and develop those skills ... more
Energy Jobs Expected to Grow Over Next Five Years
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Mary Miller, chief administrative officer for Edison Electric Institute, an industry association of shareholder-owned electric companies that includes NV Energy, pointed to a recent study from the Center for Energy Workforce Development. The study noted that about one-third of the roughly 200,000 energy industry jobs around the country will become vacant because of retirement. Miller estimated it will be between 35 and 45 percent of the industry and says the movements should occur in the next five or six years. "There's no room for error. These are people we're going to have to grow," Miller added. "There was a time ... more
Falling Oil Prices Could Bolster American Industry In The Long Run
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Plunging oil prices have hurt American companies in the short run, but increased U.S. production means that the country is on the path to become a global leader in oil production, the head of the U.S. oil and gas industry's top lobbying arm said. Falling oil prices have empowered the United States and weakened OPEC and Russia, said Jack Gerard, the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. The result is that increased U.S. production in North Dakota and elsewhere has "fundamentally reordered the world's energy markets," he said. Stocks in energy companies have tumbled as oil prices have dropped in ... more
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Working on New Fracking Rules
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The US Bureau of Land Management withdrew its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations and announced that a new draft will be prepared during 2013’s first quarter. BLM is preparing a new version in response to the more than 170,000 comments it received to the original proposal, the US Department of the Interior said on Jan. 18. “In response to comments from stakeholders and the public, BLM is making improvements to the draft proposal in order to maximize flexibility, facilitate coordination with state practices and ensure that operators on public lands implement best practices,” a DOI spokesman said. Additional comments will be ... more