New Energy Is Where The Jobs Are
The energy sector is driving job growth, but not where you think; Energy efficiency and utility investments in grid modernization are growing sector employment.
Robert Walton, June 7, 2018 (Utility Dive)
“Wind, gas and storage jobs are all increasing in the energy sector, but the fastest employment growth…[is coming from energy efficiency, according to a new analysis] four energy-focused sectors of the U.S. economy…The traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors, which employ about 6.5 million Americans, saw a 2% increase in jobs in 2017, or about 133,000 new positions…with growth focused on the advanced energy sector…
…[The solar sector lost 24,000 jobs — about 6% of the workforce — as the industry installed about 30% less in 2017 than it had the year before…Growth in the traditional energy and efficiency sectors made up 7% of all jobs created in the United States last year…More than half of those employed by the sector last year, about 1.1 million, worked in traditional coal, oil or gas positions, the report found. The other, almost 800,000 workers, were employed in jobs related to low-carbon emission generation technologies, including renewables, nuclear and advanced/low-emission natural gas…” click here for more