Over the past four years, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has engaged with the hydropower industry, academia, and students to understand the perspectives and challenges of the U.S. hydropower workforce. This engagement and research were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Water Power Technologies Office as part of an NREL-led project - Water Power Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to Workforce - which has the goal of developing tools and programs to strengthen the water power workforce pipeline. This report shares findings from that research and provides an update on U.S. hydropower workforce trends as a follow-on to NREL's 2019 report, Workforce Development for U.S. Hydropower: Key Trends and Findings (Keyser and Tegen 2019). Recent data from NREL, the Hydropower Foundation's survey efforts, and the hydropower industry are presented.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-83817


  • demographics
  • diversity
  • hiring
  • hydropower
  • jobs
  • knowledge transfer
  • recruiting
  • workforce


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