GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced that it plans to cut its global workforce by about 12,000 positions, affecting both professional and production employees. The workforce cuts, combined with actions taken previously in 2017, will position GE Power to reach its announced target of $1 billion in structural cost reductions in 2018. This announcement aligns with GE’s effort to reduce overall structural costs by $3.5 billion in 2017 and 2018. The plans announced today are driven by challenges in the power market worldwide. Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened. Volumes are down significantly in products and services driven by overcapacity, lower utilization, fewer outages, an increase in steam plant retirements, and overall growth in renewables.