People: the renewable energy sector’s key strategic resource
Across the renewable energy sector, including solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal, strategic flexibility means the availability of “strategic options that are created through the combined effects of an organization’s coordination flexibility in acquiring and using flexible [human] resources.”¹ In renewable energy (RE), multiple factors affect employee workforce and talent numbers, and thus impact businesses’ capacity for strategic flexibility. These factors include market shifts, policy and legislation changes, natural resource scarcity, and climate change.
According to a Brookings Institute report on clean energy jobs, recovery after COVID-19 and combating climate change for good will depend largely on the people working in the industry. The following white paper will examine three major challenges to managing people resources in RE and present the ways in which optimized human resource management strategies and tools can help RE businesses maintain their capacity for strategic flexibility amid ongoing industry, political, and environmental changes.