The Women in Power System Transformation initiative’s mission is to support and empower women, in all their diversity, to lead and fully take part in transforming and decarbonizing power systems around the world.

As we collectively work to address the global climate crisis, women leaders and decision-makers are essential to achieving successful, inclusive, and equitable clean energy transitions. Enabling women to bring their unique skills and experiences to bear across key power sector institutions will strengthen decision-making, accelerate innovation, and drive dynamic solutions to meet urgent global challenges. Advancing gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in this critical sector can support the economic and social empowerment of women around the world, such that they might benefit – in equal measure – from rapidly evolving and systemic positive change.

Although women make up half of the worldwide workforce potential, they are often underrepresented in power sector technical and leadership roles. The Women in Power System Transformation (PST) initiative—formally launched at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented through the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the G-PST Consortium—was created to address educational and professional barriers to women’s entry and advancement in power system operation organizations.

The initiative leverages the G-PST Consortium’s network of industry and academic institutions leading clean energy transformation in the power sector and complements USAID’s broader Engendering Industries programming, which aims to increase economic opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated sectors around the world.

Women in Power System Transformation Activities

Women in PST recognizes that cross-cutting workforce development and institutional changes are necessary to realize the full potential of women across the power sector workforce pipeline. This initiative works at the intersection of several critical objectives to advance and empower women’s leadership in the power sector and academic institutions around the world.

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