Energy efficiency is one of the most effective means of reducing household and business energy expenses. It includes things like insulation, windows and heating and air conditioning and doesn’t carry the excitement of solar power, yet throughout the nation it supports more than 1.9 million jobs, according to the latest figures from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and E4TheFuture.
“This report is important to demonstrate that energy efficiency is a significant driver of jobs in this country and often is overlooked because it involves so many small businesses that incorporate energy efficiency as part of their portfolio,” said Steve Cowell, E4TheFuture’s president. “These jobs have been and should be recognized as part of the overall plan for a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally beneficial energy strategy for our country and should be supported by policy and investment strategies at the local, state and national levels.”
“Every newly elected lawmaker in Washington or in the statehouse needs to take note: If you truly want to create jobs and drive economic growth, you need to support strong energy efficiency standards and policies,” said Bob Keefe, E2’s executive director. “Smart policies helped create these 1.9 million energy efficiency jobs, and smart policies will keep these made-in-America jobs growing â reducing our electricity bills and improving our environment along the way.”
The organizations introduced their latest report “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America” report earlier this week. The report concluded that energy efficiency employs more people in the clean energy sector than renewable energy, clean vehicles and clean fuels sectors of the economy do.
For instance, The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 found that the solar power sector employed 208,859 people at the end of 2015. However, while the solar industry is focussed on just that sector of jobs, the energy efficiency sector includes a broader spectrum of workers including working in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, Energy Star appliance manufacturing, insulation and related services. When all clean energy jobs are included, the figure rises to 2.5 million US jobs, according to E2’s Clean Jobs America report from March 2016.
“The sector is booming, and the thousands of employers we spoke with all across the country were definitely optimistic about the future,” said Philip Jordan, vice president and principal researcher at BW Research Partnership. “Energy efficiency employers said they plan to hire more workers in the coming year, but they’re also closely watching state and federal policies.”
The top 10 states with energy efficiency employment, according to the organizations, were in order of jobs produced, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, New York, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The organizations observed that population, the size of a state and its construction industry, and local weather were all factors in the employment of the sector locally. But it also pointed out that state energy efficiency policies were also important to jobs in the industry.
The organizations based the report on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Energy and a survey of 20,000 businesses across the US.Tweet