Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information, new data from the U.S. Department of Energy, and interviews with 400 clean energy employers in Pennsylvania, the report examines each industry in the sector — including energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced vehicles, and others.
The report includes geographic breakdowns showing the number of clean energy jobs in every single county, congressional district, and state legislative district in Pennsylvania.
You can read the full report here. Our press release is here. A recording from our conference call with reporters upon the report’s release is here. You can follow us on Twitter via @e2org or #CleanJobsPA.
Press coverage of the report includes stories by: Pittsburgh Business Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia citybizlist, Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter, Beaver County Times, PA Environment Digest blog, Green Energy Times, and Energy Central.
In addition, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an op-ed by E2 executive director Bob Keefe on clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania.
And on July 20, 2016, E2 and the Duquesne University Power Center hosted a Clean Jobs Forum in Pittsburgh, featuring top names from the state’s energy business, policy, and academia worlds.
Major findings of Clean Jobs Pennsylvania include:
- There are more than 66,000 clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania — and the sector grew 15 percent over the past two years, exceeding expectations of clean energy employers.
- About four in five Pennsylvania clean energy jobs — or roughly 53,000 — are in energy efficiency. More than 8,800 clean energy jobs in the Keystone State are in renewable energy technologies like wind and solar.
- Smart policies can help the sector ramp up growth. The report notes the state should: strengthen its renewable energy law, improve Act 129 by removing an arbitrary investment cap, and continue to prioritize renewable energy and energy efficiency in Clean Power Plan implementation plans.
Across the state, Pennsylvanians are reaping the economic benefits of clean energy. Farmers like the Kling Family (pictured left) are harvesting new income sources by leasing land for wind turbines and solar panels. Entrepreneurs are starting cutting-edge clean energy companies, creating good jobs along the way. Consumers are saving millions through energy efficiency. And now over 66,000 Pennsylvania workers have good-paying jobs in clean energy—and those numbers are growing.
Lawmakers need to hear how vital clean energy is to Pennsylvania’s economy and environment. Our leaders need to know that we support the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon pollution while increasing clean, renewable energy and improving energy efficiency in our homes, offices and schools. Lawmakers need to know that Pennsylvania can cut pollution while creating tens of thousands of clean energy jobs. Add your name here to tell them: