E2’s report, “Clean Energy Works For Us: Second Quarter 2014 Report,” shows that from Washington state to Florida, more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced across the U.S. in Q2 2014. Policies like AB 32 drove job growth in California, while Michigan and the solar sector also posted strong numbers.
The report notes the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is expected to drive future job growth, while Congress also has an opportunity to expand the economy by extending clean energy and energy efficiency tax incentives.
All told, E2 tracked 54 separate announcements. Solar power generation led all sectors in Q2 with more than 5,300 jobs announced, and the wind industry announced more than 2,700 jobs, many stemming from projects that qualified for the recently expired Production Tax Credit (PTC). Other major announcements came from electric car manufacturers Tesla and General Motors.