Note: In September 2017 E2 released an updated version of Clean Jobs Colorado. That report is available here.
In January 2017 at the Colorado State Capitol building, E2 released “Clean Jobs Colorado,” which tallied more than 62,000 clean energy jobs across the state.
Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information and data from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a survey completed by more than 500 businesses across Colorado, the report illustrates the major opportunity state legislators have this year to expand Colorado’s economy by strengthening clean energy policies.
The Clean Jobs Colorado analysis was conducted for E2 by BW Research Partnership. It includes detailed jobs data down to the county, metropolitan area, congressional and state legislative district levels – making it the most comprehensive tally of clean energy jobs ever in Colorado.
The press release for the report is available here. Press coverage includes: Denver Business Journal, 5280 Magazine, BizWest, The Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel, Greeley (Colo.) Tribune, North American Windpower, Solar Industry Magazine, Westword and more. The report’s findings were also highlighted in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2017 State of the State address.
According to the report:
- Clean energy is a bipartisan issue, with thousands of jobs in both red and blue areas of the state. Over the next year, clean energy employers are expecting to hire nearly 1,500 additional workers – a 2 percent growth rate.
- Energy efficiency is the state’s largest clean energy employer, with more than 40,000 Coloradoans working in industries like high-efficiency lighting, Energy Star appliance manufacturing and high-efficiency HVAC services that reduce wasted energy in homes, schools and businesses.
- More than 14,000 Coloradoans work in renewable energy, including nearly 7,000 in solar and about 6,500 in wind.
- There are clean energy jobs in every county in Colorado. The top 10 counties are: Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Boulder, Larimer, Weld, El Paso, and Mesa.
- While metro areas like Denver are hubs for clean energy jobs, the state’s more rural and agricultural regions are still home to nearly 6,000 clean energy workers.
Social media graphics are available here: overall sector breakdown, energy efficiency, renewables, vehicles, value chain details and cover image. You can follow Colorado clean energy jobs news via #CleanJobsCO.
Previous E2 reports in the state include “Colorado’s Clean Energy Future” and “Winds of Change.” E2 also released major, national clean energy jobs reports in 2016 — “Clean Jobs America,” which tallied 2.5 million clean energy jobs nationwide, and “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America,” which highlights energy efficiency job details for all 50 states, including Colorado (Page 33).
Check out this previously released video showing Colorado E2 members in action:
For more information or to learn how to join E2’s Rocky Mountains chapter, please contact Colorado-based E2 advocate Susan Nedell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our chapter page.