Collectively our clean energy industries now employ more than 3 million U.S. workers in well-paying middle-class jobs across the nation. We are shining a light on this significant impact by sharing examples from organizations, companies and the workers themselves to drive home the message during our one-day social media campaign. Please plan to help us on February 22, 2017 to focus national attention on real people working in clean energy, and deliver this message early on in the new year.
Clean energy supports jobs in every state across the nation, from construction workers and engineers, to installation and maintenance crews, manufacturing, sales, and IT jobs. Every state has a significant market for these domestic jobs, and the potential for future employment is even larger.
According to the Department of Energy’s U.S. Energy and Employment Report, clean energy supported more than 3 million U.S. jobs in 2016. Included in these are:
2.2 million workers helping to make buildings more energy efficient, saving money for families and businesses,
More than 600,000 workers involved with clean power generation, including wind, solar, nuclear, hydropower and natural gas,
100,000 workers in advanced grid technologies, including energy storage, and
- another 100,000 workers in biofuels.
- In addition, advanced transportation, including hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles, support 200,000 more jobs.
These are good paying jobs ranging from equipment installation to sales and IT, all made possible by the clean energy products and services that are increasingly powering the U.S. economy. The vast majority of these jobs are in installation, maintenance, and services, which means they cannot be automated or moved abroad.
These jobs are made possible by the growth of markets for clean energy products and services in this country. According to Advanced Energy Economy’s annual market report, total U.S. revenue from the wide range of advanced energy goods and services was $200 billion in 2015, more than pharmaceutical manufacturing in this country. Investment over the past 10 years in zero-carbon electricity generation has totaled $507 billion, with $59 billion invested last year alone, according to the Sustainable Energy in America 2017 Factbook, published by Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
DOE does not offer a definition of “clean energy,” and the trade associations representing different portions of the industry have their own ways of defining what “clean energy” represents. But the groups all agree that, in the aggregate, these jobs add up to more than 3 million nationwide.
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