May 15, 2018
Renewable energy not only brings clean, healthy energy into the grid, its rapid growth and widespread use mean the sector is creating good, stable jobs for Americans and workers around the world.
“The green energy sector created over 5 million jobs in 2017, taking the tally of total jobs in renewables market to over 10 million.” 70% of those jobs are concentrated in six industrialized nations, with the majority of those in China. These new jobs are important hallmarks of renewable energy’s capacity to replace jobs that would otherwise be lost as countries transition away from fossil fuels.
Legislation that doubles Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard, an increase to 40% by 2030, “sailed through the Senate…and the House… and now awaits the governor’s signature.” The bill includes provisions that would help reduce energy costs for Connecticut consumers and creates opportunities for commercial, industrial, and residential programs and towns, state agencies, and agricultural customers to scale up renewable energy projects, creating jobs and helping scale the sector up.
Solar company EnerBlu Inc. has moved its headquarters from California to Lexington, Kentucky and has focused its efforts in building a manufacturing facility in Pikeville, the heart of Appalachian coal country. This move brings much-needed jobs to the coal-blighted area, as highly-trained coal workers are increasingly unemployed due to fossil fuel plant closures.