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Clean energy jobs outnumber coal and gas jobs 1.5 to 1

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Staff Writer | January 24, 2018
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released a report that shows wind and solar energy jobs now outnumber coal and gas jobs in 30 states, including D.C.
Clean energy jobs
Energy   Clean energy, sustainability
The report, In Demand: Clean Energy, Sustainability and the New American Workforce, finds that the clean energy and sustainability economy provides local jobs in all 50 states, frequently pays higher than average wages and offers numerous career and educational pathways for individuals looking to work in the clean energy economy.

The report, coauthored by Meister Consultants Group, a Cadmus Company (MCG), also suggests a strong future for renewable energy and sustainability employment.

However, 2017 marked a year of political uncertainty at the federal level, centered on the future of renewable energy tax incentives and a potential tariff on imported solar modules.

This uncertainty has so far contributed to a 22 percent decline in cumulative 2017 installations as compared to the previous year.

The sustainability economy continues to be a large and growing source of jobs for over 4 million workers in the U.S., with wind and solar energy jobs outpacing those in the coal industry.

Solar and wind installations comprised 65 percent of installed electric capacity in 2016 and for the third year in a row exceeded the installed capacity of all other electricity sources combined.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that solar PV installers and wind turbine service technicians will be the two fastest growing jobs in America from 2016 to 2026, roughly doubling during that period.


 

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