DANIEL IS COMMITTED TO ADVOCATING FOR GEORGIA’S ENERGY WORKFORCE
DANIEL IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING WORKERS IN THE ELECTRICAL UTILITY INDUSTRY
Utility worker jobs are amongst the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, specifically electrical power-line workers, who face serious and life-threatening hazards each day, often times in the act of making repairs and restoring power to electrical utility systems. Even during construction activity, these workers must account for the same inherent dangers presented by the systems they work on, the equipment and tools they use, and the environment they work in. Daniel Blackman supports workers, will push for stronger regulations, and is committed to working closely with the utility industry to ensure improved worker safety in all of his decisions.
DANIEL WILL PROMOTE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Daniel wants to play a major role in building Georgia’s energy workforce for the 21st century. Daniel understands that the energy decisions we make today will shape Georgia’s economic and environmental future. He also understands we cannot upgrade our energy infrastructure without upgrading our energy workforce. That is why he will actively work in counties throughout Georgia to promote a high- skilled energy workforce that will enable the integration of new technologies that benefit consumers and increase competitiveness. These new technologies and the accompanying workforce are key components to helping reduce our carbon footprint and positioning Georgia as a top energy producing state, while transitioning many of our forgotten rural and coastal cities into a 21st century energy economy.
As our energy system becomes more advanced and complex, and more renewable energy continues to be added onto the grid (all while being run by smarter operating systems), Public Service Commissioners must play a more pivotal role in working with the energy industry to educate and prepare organized labor, community colleges, and workers for Georgia’s energy future so that the coming economy is viewed not as an array of challenges or as a threat, but as a partnership equipped with the right investments, committed to creating opportunities to grow Georgia’s economy while creating new jobs throughout our state.
Daniel is fully aware of this time of transition, and the growing demand for newly skilled energy workers and for workforce training. He is also aware that the energy workforce is aging and industry is facing a skills gap in hiring qualified employees to run and maintain the grid of the future.
DANIEL’S COMMITMENT TO THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE
As a Public Service Commissioner, Daniel will go to high schools and technical colleges to promote Energy and Skilled Career Paths to encourage students to stay in Georgia and highly consider the utility industry in their future. He will focus on how education is fundamental to Energy and Skilled Career Paths because it provides technical skills, academic skills and employability skills; and how career and technical education helps students succeed personally and aligns them with the needs of employers.