Citing statistics from the Department of Energy’s recent U.S. Energy and Employment Report, a group of clean energy organizations show that the US now now has more than 3 million jobs in the clean energy sector. To help protect the people in those well-paying jobs and continue growing the US economy the groups organized #CleanEnergyJobs campaign, a social media campaign to encourage companies and workers to share their stories of employment in the clean energy industries.
The purpose of the campaign is to draw attention to these growing industries, according to the organizations behind the campaign. Those groups include a broad spectrum of clean energy industries, among them ACORE, SEIA, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Advanced Energy Economy, Energy Storage Association, AJW (representing Energy Service Companies), Alliance to Save Energy and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
“These impressive employment numbers highlight the tremendous importance of America’s renewable energy sector, which attracted nearly $100 billion in investment over the last two years, as a national economic driver,” said Gregory Wetstone, CEO of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). “We look forward to working with our members, policymakers, and allies to ensure that the American people have increasing opportunities to work, save, and prosper through renewable power.”
That’s a number well higher than in the mining industries and they say it is higher than all the retail jobs in the country and twice as many involved in building construction. It’s the latest piece of evidence showing that clean energy is an important and rapidly growing sector of the economy and is providing good jobs across the nation. Some reports put the number even higher, at 4.5 million jobs.
The jobs and investments are also adding significantly to the US economy. Revenue from the spectrum of advanced energy goods and services reached $200 billion in 2015, according to the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That’s more than pharmaceutical manufacturing produced in the US that year.
Solar is among the fastest growing employment sectors in the US. “In setting a record for new electric generating capacity, the solar energy industry added one in every 50 new jobs in the economy last year and now employs 260,000 people in America,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “These jobs pay well, they support local economies and they fuel American innovation
But perhaps the biggest single sector is in energy efficiency, which employs roughly 2.2 million people in the US, according to the DOE report. “People often don’t realize that energy efficiency is such a huge jobs creator,” said Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan. “It supports about three times as many jobs as the mining industry and unlike that sector it is growing and creating good-paying jobs like weatherizing homes and manufacturing high-efficiency appliances or building materials. And the best news is there’s just enormous opportunity to expand this work and create more jobs with smart efficiency policies and incentives.”
While the DOE does not offer a single, overarching definition of clean energy, the organizations behind the campaign have agreed on the employment numbers represented by their various parts of the larger industry including wind, solar, energy efficiency and energy storage, for instance. They said the clean energy industry offers good-paying jobs that range from equipment installation and maintenance to sales and information technology. They added that many are jobs that could not be automated or moved abroad.Tweet