E2’s New England Chapter Director, Berl Hartman, pens a letter featured in the Boston Globe, which emphasizes the economic benefits of energy efficiency.
Ryan Kohlman cites data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Colorado” report in an article supporting Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order ensuring Colorado adopts advanced vehicles standards.
“According to the just-released “Clean Jobs Colorado” report from the Rocky Mountain chapter of the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and Golden-based Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, more than 57,500 Coloradans work in clean energy and clean transportation. “
Four E2 members, including chapter director, Eril Wohlgemuth, pen an op-ed praising the soil health provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.
E2 member, Michael Rucker, writes an op-ed on the impressive role that clean energy plays in creating jobs and stimulating the economy in Colorado.
The Auto Channel: Tougher Clean Car standards boost Colo. economy long-term: Analysis of CO Clean Vehicle scenarios
The Auto Channel amplifies E2’s recent release of the report, “Macroeconomic Analysis of Clean Vehicle Scenarios for Colorado,” with the backdrop of Gov. Hickenlooper’s recent announcement that Colorado will be joining 13 other states in adopting tougher, California-style emissions standards for vehicles.
In an article discussing the Senate’s passed Farm Bill, KTVZ cites E2 as a supporter of the Senate Farm Bill’s Soil Heath provision.
In an article on Bloomberg’s decision to award 20 of the most populous cities with $70 million to address climate change, Andrea Fox notes both Bloomberg Philanthropies’ and E2’s involvement with the larger We Are Still In movement.
The Denver Post: Sunday, June 24, 2018 letters: PrideFest, climate change, unaffiliated voters, Sent. Bennet’s speech
E2 Rocky States Advocate, Susan Nedell, writes a letter to the Denver Post on emissions standards.
In a AWEA blog post, Sarina Weiss amplifies E2’s recent releases of “Clean Jobs America”, “Clean Jobs Colorado”, and “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania”.
Kelsey Tamborrino cites E2 analysis in a section of Politico’s “Morning Edition” discussing the macroeconomic impact of Colorado’s recent decision to adopt low emissions standards for vehicles.
“THE MACROECONOMIC IMPACT: Colorado’s recent move to join states in adopting low emissions standards for vehicles similar to California could lead to “small but positive long-term macroeconomic impacts” in the state, according to a new analysis from the clean energy business advocates at E2. The analysis estimated the move would result in annual increases of about $72 million in GDP and in an additional 1,700 jobs. Read it here.”
Jason Taylor cites E2 data and quotes Missouri-based E2 consultant, Tony Wyche, in an article amplifying E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report.
“Missouri has actually, usually been fairly high among Midwest states for our rate of job growth,” says Wyche. “We’re actually seeing a lot of new generation and energy efficiency job that have been created in the state.”
“What we’re seeing is that 99% of all wind generation, wind energy generation, comes from rural areas,” says Wyche. “And here in Missouri, the wind farms that we have are all in rural parts of the state in northwest and northeast Missouri.”
“Policymakers in Jefferson City and Washington D.C. need to remain committed to investment in policies that benefit rural Missouri and rural America through investment in green energy technology and energy efficiency,” says Wyche.
Ag Funder News: Senate Passes Farm Bill with Incentives for Farmers to Build Soil Health, Sequester Carbon
Louisa Burwood-Taylor cites E2 co-founder and chair, Nicole Lederer, in an article discussing the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passing of its version of the 2018 Farm Bill – one that included provisions aimed at promoting soil health.
“This initiative — and to successfully include soil health and carbon provisions in the Senate farm bill — was a direct result of an unprecedented collaboration between farmers, farmer organizations, agtech leaders and the environmental community,” said Nicole Lederer, cofounder and chair of Environment Entrepreneurs (E2). E2, a non-profit advocacy group of business leaders, was part of a coalition including National Resources Defense Council, the American Coalition for Ethanol, and the National Corn Growers Association.
David E. Hess cites data from E2’s recent release of “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” and quotes E2 consultant, Sharon Pillar:
“Clean jobs count in Pennsylvania.” said Sharon Pillar, E2’s Pennsylvania consultant. “This sector has only just begun, illustrating the enormous chance for communities in our state to grow a 21st century workforce that spans all levels of education and training – if our leaders seize the opportunity.”
Venteicher quotes Michael Timberlake, E2 Communications Director, in an article discussing clean jobs in Pennsylvania – specifically in Allegheny County.
The majority of the growth is due to construction and the energy-efficiency jobs associated with it, including HVAC workers, according to the group’s spokesman, Michael Timberlake.
“The county also has a lot of old building stock, so there is a great concentration of opportunity, and we have some manufacturing as well,” Timberlake said in an email. “The green building movement is strong in the county (it used to have the largest number of LEED-certified buildings) so many of these jobs are also construction-related in the green building sector.”
Amy Sisk amplifies E2’s recent release, “Mapping Clean Energy: Pennsylvania”.
“Pennsylvania is on this cusp for becoming one of America’s top states for working in clean energy,” E2’s Sharon Pillar said. “The report is a wakeup call for Pennsylvania’s leaders and businesses that Pennsylvania’s clean economy has significant room for improvement in order to compete with neighboring states.”
Jennifer Yachnin discusses Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s remarks on a clean environment at the Colorado Climate Plan. The event was co-hosted by E2.
The BizWest amplifies E2’s recent release, “Mapping Clean Energy: Colorado”.
“The clean-energy sector is growing fast, creating new businesses, and is already one of the biggest job creators in the state,” said Susan Nedell, E2 Rocky Mountains advocate. “With further investment and a legislature ready to embrace the opportunity, clean jobs could power Colorado’s economy into the next decade.”
Stankiewicz amplifies E2’s recent release, “Mapping Clean Energy: Ohio”.
“Clean-energy businesses are in every corner of Ohio, and it’s important that investments in energy efficiency and renewable-energy programs continue to help this booming sector grow,” said Micaela Preskill, midwest states advocate at E2. “E2 created this mapping tool to help policymakers, lawmakers, and electricity customers better understand Ohio’s clean-energy economy and the role it plays in communities across Ohio.”
Scherer amplifies E2’s recent release, “Mapping Clean Energy: Missouri”.
“The clean energy sector touches every county in Missouri, and the new maps illustrate the potential for future renewable projects throughout the state,” said Micaela Preskill, E2’s Midwest States Advocate.
Hess cites E2 data on Pennsylvania clean jobs in a post showcasing the Penn State Health Minton S. Hershey Medical Center’s efforts to improve energy efficiency and the importance of clean energy in the state.
Onkieki cites information from E2’s “Clean Jobs America” release in an article highlighting clean energy jobs in Georgia.
The growth in the sector could in part be attributed to the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy, said Bob Keefe,the Executive Director at E2, a non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy policy. “What the numbers show is that clean jobs count in America,” said Keefe.
Ray Scherer writes an article on the release of E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest, Clean Jobs Rural America” report.
“Clean energy is fast becoming a vital job engine that cannot be ignored by policymakers and business leaders in the Midwest,” said Micaela Preskill, E2 Midwest States Advocate, in a statement.
Kelsey Tamborrino features E2’s “Clean Jobs America” release in Politico’s Morning Energy section: “What about clean energy, you ask? E2 released its own “Clean Jobs America” analysis, finding that the U.S. accounted for nearly 3.2 million clean energy jobs in 2017. Read their fact sheet here.”
Kelsey Tamborrino discusses the launch of E2’s Clean Jobs Campaign in Politico’s Morning Energy section: “E2 LAUNCHES CLEAN JOBS CAMPAIGN: Environmental Entrepreneurs launched a nationwide campaign Tuesday, dubbed Clean Jobs Count, “to advance awareness and support of America’s fastest-growing energy sector.” The campaign includes digital ads in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, and additional ad campaigns are planned throughout the rest of the year in at least half a dozen more states.”
In an article warning against Iowa legislation to gut energy efficiency, Williams cites E2 data:
“The legislation would “stifle a growing, prosperous industry” in Iowa, the sustainability-focused business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has warned. In 2016, more than 20,000 Iowans worked in energy efficiency jobs such as retrofitting homes and businesses to make them more energy efficient. Clean energy jobs grew almost 12 times faster than overall jobs in Iowa, a trend that Gov. Reynolds celebrated last year.”
In a statement on the shortcomings of climate change regulations in Massachusetts, E2 Chapter Director, Berl Hartman, said this: “I have been part of GWSA’s citizens advisory committee from the beginning. We were very gratified when state officials decided to cut GHG emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels. However, the plan has failed to move forward in an expeditious way. They did not come up with emission cuts to specific sectors of the economy until after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s order. To start addressing emissions from the transportation sector, a pilot program on charging drivers based on how many miles people drive, and not based on gas tax, never took off. Another issue is they expected to achieve a 4-percent reduction in emissions in the electricity sector by importing hydro power from Canada, but the state has been slow to select a project. The solar sector was doing well in Massachusetts, but it has stalled and not moving anywhere near to prior years. The only program that has done well so far under GWSA is energy efficiency.”
The NRDC showcases E2’s “Mapping Clean Energy” Illinois” interactive map that pinpoints renewable energy and energy efficiency sites, clean energy businesses and electric vehicle charging stations.
The Buffalo News: Another Voice: Misguided bill undermines Defense Department, wind energy industry By Another Voice | Published Thu, Apr 26, 2018
E2 member John Powers cites information from E2’s “Mapping Clean Energy: New York” report to build his argument in his op-ed against the bill pending in the New York State Assembly (A.9053A): “It also threatens to cripple the ability of the booming wind energy industry – which employs more than 11,000 veterans like myself nationwide, according to nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs – to continue to grow here in New York State.”
Kaleb Roedel references E2’s “Clean Jobs Nevada” report in an article championing Nevada’s clean jobs and economic growth: “The report — compiled by the national group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and the Las Vegas-based Clean Energy Project — showed clean energy jobs in the state grew 9.5 percent from 2016, equating to a boost of 2,700 jobs.”
In a piece reporting the end of the comment period on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to reverse the Methane Waste Prevention Rule, Kelsey Tamborrino reference’s E2’s letter to Sec. Zinke supporting the rule: “And, E2, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, expressing its opposition to BLM’s proposal. Close to 400 businesses signed onto that letter, which calls BLM’s proposal “a net negative for the American public.” Read it here.”
E2 San Diego Chapter Director, Carl Nettleton, draws attention to the business innovation abounding in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. In particular, he notes increased corporate sustainability initiatives such as energy efficiency and the use of renewables employed by the multinational manufacturing companies.
E2 Executive Director, Bob Keefe, writes an op-ed for The Hill, advocating for clean energy despite the Trump administration’s move to roll back car efficiency and pollution standards.
Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), a Pennsylvania trade association, arranged for local legislators and high-profile clients to tour Positran Manufacturing a get a glimpse into the ways that energy efficiency companies are putting people to work and driving economic growth in Montgomery County and all over the region.
In 2017, KEEA released a report in collaboration with E2, revealing that nearly 70,000 Pennsylvanians work in clean energy, with the vast majority working in energy efficient jobs.
GreenTech Media: The President’s Own Party Still Doesn’t Back His Attempts to Dismantle Clean Energy
E2 Advocacy Director, Grant Carlisle, is in a GreenTech Media article noting bipartisan support of clean energy despite President Trump’s budget cuts.
“Together, Republicans and Democrats voted to support American innovation in energy and vehicle technologies,” said advocacy director Grant Carlisle in a statement.
E2 Co-Founder and Chair, Nicole Lederer, is quoted throughout a GreenBiz article outlining the steps required to ensure the survival of corporate sustainability programs with Trump’s budget cuts.
The Kansas City Star: KC listening session came up with no good reason for the EPA to repeal the Clean Power Plan
The Kansas City Star cites data from E2 Clean Jobs Midwest report in an article defending the Clean Power Plan.
The Kansas City Star: Tell the EPA: The economic cost of repealing the Clean Power Plan is just too high
The Kansas City Star cites E2’s report, “Opportunity Lost: How Rolling Back the Clean Power Plan Hurt’s America’s Economy,” in an article amplifying the EPA’s “listening session” in Kansas City regarding its proposal to repeal the CPP.
“Repealing the CPP would deny Americans the opportunity to create 560,000 jobs and add $52 billion in economic value. That’s in addition to the more than 3 million clean energy jobs in the U.S. already, according to a recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonpartisan environmental business group.”
E2 New England Chapter director, Berl Hartman, pens a letter calling out the absurdities of blaming Massachusetts residents for the environmental cost and presence of Russia’s LNG plant. Rather, she points to the outdated Jones Act, which requires the use of American ships on all domestic voyages.
Greentech Media quotes Grant Carlisle, E2 Advocacy director, in an article on Trump’s infrastructure plan and its lack of attention toward renewables and energy infrastructure.
“Grant Carlisle, advocacy director of the national business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, characterized the shortcomings bluntly. “It is unfortunately just not a forward-looking document,” he said.”
Greentech Media quotes Grant Carlisle, E2 Advocacy director, in an article on Trump’s budget cuts and its effects on clean energy programs.
Grant Carlisle equates budget cuts to job loss, saying the budget puts “businesses and millions of clean energy workers at risk.”
“This budget is cutting costs by refusing to invest in the future,” said Carlisle. “America can’t lead in clean energy or vehicle technologies if it ignores the fastest growing energy sources and punishes businesses developing them. U.S. companies can’t invest in new technologies if we don’t fund the research that takes them from demonstration to commercialization.”
E&E News discusses the current status and issues facing Oregon’s effort to launch a California-style cap-and-trade system.
“Those who are opposed just want to buy more time,” said Erik Wohlgemuth, chief operating officer of sustainability nonprofit Future 500, who is lobbying state lawmakers in Salem today with the group Environmental Entrepreneurs. “This has been studied, nothing’s going to change; let’s pass the bill.”
E2 worked with these voices (Brooks, Lew, Griffin) to amplify their message against the EPA’s actions on Pebble Mine to DC beltway audiences.
GreenBiz featured a story on the all E2 panel at GreenBiz 18. The 4-member panel focused on the increasing need for clean energy business leaders of all sizes to engage on advocacy matters and make their voices heard to lawmakers on federal and state policies. The panel included:
- Nicole Lederer, co-founder of E2
- Jon Powers, co-founder of CleanCapital
- Emily Reichert, chief executive of Greentown Labs
- Tommy Hayes, policy partnerships manager at Lyft
1Hotel, sponsor of E2’s Fellowship Program, has been listed on Haute Living’s list of “The Most Philanthropic Hotels Worldwide”.
“The 1 Hotel brand has been giving to the environment for awhile…But this South Beach retreat, inspired by its oceanfront location, also supports several charities…NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (a partnership designed to support and develop young entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders trying improve the world through advocacy change)…”
E&E News covers Trump’s State of the Union speech, remarking his emphasis on the importance of coal and a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
But for critics of the president, they see the infrastructure bill as the latest iteration of attacks on environmental safeguards.
“The scarce details we do have point to an approach that emphasizes public-private partnerships and sacrifices environmental and other protections for speed,” Grant Carlisle, director of advocacy for Environmental Entrepreneurs, said in a statement.
Clean Technica: Energy Gets Short Shrift In Trump’s First State Of The Union, “Clean Coal” Highlighted
Clean Technica mentions Trump’s mediocre reference to the country’s energy industry during his State of the Union Speech, which was not well received by some of the country’s industry bodies and activists.
“Trump’s single-minded vision on energy was on full display tonight,” said Bob Keefe, executive director of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).
“Not only has there never been a war on American energy, it is his administration’s actions that are threatening energy production. America has always been an energy prosperous nation exporting all kinds of energy and technology across the globe. But it will be the President’s recent decision to levy harmful tariffs on solar equipment and pass a tax bill with provisions targeting wind and solar projects that will result in less clean energy being produced at home.
“3 million workers may have received bonuses from Trump’s tax cut, but he recklessly ignored the 3 million more American jobs in the solar, wind, energy efficiency, and efficient vehicle industries that are threatened by the same bill. It’s clear Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ vision has a massive blind spot for clean energy, and that’s a risk for our economy in 2018.”
The Trump administration may ask Congress to slash renewable energy and efficiency programs at the Department of Energy by more than 70 percent in the next fiscal year, sparking immediate backlash from environmental groups and lawmakers.
Bob Keefe, executive director of the green group E2, said the move amounted to an organized effort to cut “innovation and competitiveness in America’s fastest-growing jobs sector.”
“Tuesday night President Trump failed to even mention a single clean energy industry,” Keefe said in a statement, referencing the president’s State of the Union address this week. “Now he is not just ignoring clean energy, it is looking like he wants to wipe out its future.”
New Jersey Assemblymember, Andrew Zwicker, writes an op-ed instilling hope in a future in clean energy.
Clean energy is already a tremendous job-driver in New Jersey. Three times more New Jerseyans work in solar- and wind-related jobs as do in fossil fuel electric generation.
by ReThink Energy NJ and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national, nonpartisan business group, found that nearly 80 percent of all energy generation and efficiency jobs in New Jersey are in clean energy – totaling 41,000 jobs.
Clean Technica: 409 Clean Energy Business Leaders Pen Letter To Donald Trump Opposing 30% Solar Tariff Decision
Clean Technica amplifies E2’s letter organizing 409 clean energy business professionals in opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to impose a 30% tariff on solar.
“While the industry has made great strides and the market continues to mature, make no doubt that the short-term ramifications from this decision will cost tens of thousands of American jobs,” said Jon Powers, E2 member, former chief sustainability officer at White House CEQ, and Co-Founder of CleanCapital.
Pittsburgh City Paper: Pennsylvania legislators call on state to recommit to Paris Climate Agreement goals
The Pittsburgh City Paper cites E2’s Pennsylvania Clean Jobs Report in an article covering a press conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse earlier today, where Pennsylvania legislators voiced their support for the ideals laid out in the Paris Agreement.
Quoting Sharon Pillar of E2: “We know full well how decreasing energy consumption and increasing renewable energy are huge economic engines. Intentionally decreasing carbon pollution will bring more of these jobs to our community.”
Triple Pundit publishes article by E2 Executive Director, Bob Keefe, condemning President Trump’s decision to impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels.
The Fresno Bee quotes E2 Member and Exact Solar Founder, Mark Bortman, in an article discussing the impacts of the solar tariffs.
“Solar is really just starting to take off because it is truly a win-win-win situation” for consumers, workers and the environment, he said. “Tariffs would really be shooting ourselves in the foot.”
E2 member and NRDC Director of Energy and Transportation, Kit Kennedy, co-writes a blog on the NRDC’s website evaluating NY Governor Cuomo’s pledge to set an energy efficiency target for the state.
Citing E2’s Clean Jobs New York report, Kennedy says: “…nearly 70,000 New Yorkers were employed in 2015 to manufacture and install energy-saving measures, accounting for more than 80 percent of clean energy jobs…By following up on the governor’s commitment with an ambitious Earth Day plan to scale up energy efficiency, the state could help contractors reverse recent layoffs and instead further expand employment opportunities at a rapid pace.”
Fox Illinois News covers E2’s Clean Energy Trust reception in Chicago last week, noting Illinois’ lead in clean energy jobs in the Midwest.
Noting E2’s Clean Energy report, the Fox Illinois News Team reports: ” since 2015 there has been a 4.8% increase in the number of people in the clean energy industry in Illinois, meaning the industry grew more than six times faster than the overall job growth in the state.”
E2 member, Cory Connolly, writes a blog article for Crain’s Detroit, underlining the importance of clean energy in the future of Michigan’s economy.
“According to the new “Clean Jobs Midwest” report from the nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and Illinois-based Clean Energy Trust, approximately 92,000 Michiganders work in clean energy industries like energy efficiency and renewables.”
KHQA covers E2’s Clean Energy Trust reception in Chicago last week, noting Illinois’ lead in clean energy jobs in the Midwest.
Citing E2’s “Clean Jobs Report Midwest,” the Associate Press shares that: “119,395 people now work in clean energy in Illinois, a 4.8 percent increase since 2015.”
E2 Midwest Advocate, Micaela Preskill says: “Combined with its already robust clean energy economy and Gov. Rauner’s commitment to growing jobs across the state, Illinois is well-positioned to continue attracting and maintaining the state’s growth in clean energy jobs.”
In Politico’s daily, Morning Energy piece, Adgragna mentions E2’s clean job reports – “…a detailed analysis of energy jobs for every state, including jobs in solar, wind, energy efficiency and clean transportation” – expected out in Spring 2018.
Geof Koss covers the House’s decision to go to conference with the Senate regarding competing tax bills that have drawn fire from business groups and energy companies.
“Congress just sent a signal to the rest of the world not to invest in America’s solar and wind industries — jeopardizing an industry adding jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy,” Environmental Entrepreneurs Executive Director Bob Keefe said in a statement after the Senate passed its bill.
Clean Technica: Senate Tax Bill Threatens Clean Energy & Public Health, Pays Fossil Fuel Industry To Wreak Environmental Havoc
Two E2 members, Troy Van Beek and Michael Rucker, are quoted in Clean Technica’s article cautioning against the Senate tax bill.
“Congress is making the wind and solar industries collateral damage for an anti-tax abuse provision,” explained Michael Rucker, CEO of Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy.
“It’s unrelated and probably inadvertent, but it is increasingly frustrating seeing our nation’s fastest growing industries hobbled as lawmakers develop policies aimed at promoting U.S. economic growth. Without an urgent revision by Congress the renewables finance markets will be broken, and American wind and solar companies and their workers will be left paying the price.”
“Congress should be providing leadership in growing the clean energy industry that is powering small business and job growth nationwide,” added Troy Van Beek, Founder and CEO of Ideal Energy Inc.
“Instead, we’re facing the prospect of a massive loss in investments and jobs in Iowa and across the Heartland because Congress neglected to consider how these specific provisions would impact the renewable energy sector. Worse, this alarming threat to solar developers is both unnecessary and completely avoidable with a simple fix. Even if unintended, lawmakers in Washington must stop overlooking renewable energy jobs and businesses — taking a backward approach to the opportunities for growth that have been afforded by solar and wind energy, both in the Midwest and nationally.”
E2 Member, Andrea Wittchen, writes an op-ed in The Morning Call opposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
Citing E2’s PA Clean Jobs Report, Wittchen states: “Clean energy jobs in our state grew 6 percent last year and according to E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) the plan would create 20,000 more in Pennsylvania and 560,000 across the U.S.”
E2’s Executive Director, Bob Keefe, writes a blog article stressing the importance of business voices around the Clean Power Plan. While the Trump administration makes claims about the negative economic impact of the plan, Keefe makes sets the record straight regarding business support for clean energy.
In Politico’s daily, Morning Energy section, Adgragna mentions E2’s action alert letter urging members to oppose the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan. Adragna states that: “Nearly 550 members of Environmental Entrepreneurs urged Trump and Pruitt not to move forward with their planned withdrawal in a letter.”
Texas Monthly re-purposes quote from E2 Chapter Director, Michael Rucker, in an article anticipating the impact of the US House tax vote on the wind energy industry.
“It would be a devastating blow,” Michael Rucker, CEO of Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy, told the Dallas Morning News. “By completely changing the tax credit and start of construction guidelines, most of these projects become unfeasible.”
Des Moines Register: From Paris to Bonn to Iowa, we must keep America’s clean energy economy on track
E2 member, Troy Van Beek, writes an op-ed in the Des Moines Register promoting clean energy in the Midwest.
Van Beek cites E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report: “According to the Clean Jobs Midwest report released this year by the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), more than 30,000 people now work in Iowa’s clean energy sector. Worldwide, nearly 10 million people work in renewable energy industries like wind and solar, according to the International Renewable Energy Association.”
Dallas News: Texas wind energy projects worth about $11 billion threatened by U.S. House tax vote today
Dallas News quotes Michael Rucker, Chapter Director for the Rocky Mountains chapter of E2, in an article anticipating the impact of the US House tax vote on the wind energy industry.
“It would be a devastating blow,” said Michael Rucker, CEO of Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy, about the House version. “By completely changing the tax credit and start of construction guidelines, most of these projects become unfeasible.”
Citing E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report, E2 member, Tim Dwight, writes an article about the beneficial role that renewable energy jobs play in the larger economic chain.
“A new study, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, found that 30,418 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, including more than 700 in the solar industry.”
ABC covered the clean energy conference held in Grand Junction, CO on Thursday, November 9.
“There’s definitely a lot of energy on the Western Slope. We know of fossil fuels and gas but there are ups and downs with that. So we’re to provide other renewable energy options that Mesa County can take advantage,” said Susan Nedell with E2.
NBC covered the clean energy conference held in Grand Junction, CO on Thursday, November 9.
“There’s definitely a lot of energy on the Western Slope. We know of fossil fuels and gas but there are ups and downs with that. So we’re to provide other renewable energy options that Mesa County can take advantage,” said Susan Nedell with E2.
Citing data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Colorado” report, Darin Carei writes an op-ed on the economic and job creation potential of clean energy in the state.
“According to the recently released “Clean Jobs Colorado” report from the Rocky Mountains chapter of the national business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), more than 66,000 Coloradans now work in clean energy. In Mesa County alone, there are 1,200 clean energy jobs in industries like energy efficiency, wind and solar – including nearly 30 workers at the three Grand Junction-based clean energy businesses I am proud to be associated with.”
The East Oregonian covered the launch of Renew Oregon’s statewide campaign in support of a proposed carbon cap and reinvestment program. Among those interviewed was E2’s Oregon consultant Mike Mercer who touted the existing clean energy jobs being created across the state and the potential for more clean energy projects and jobs as costs for clean energy development continue to go down.
Friend of E2 Susan Glickman penned an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel questioning the economic rationale for the Trump administration’s attempt at repealing the Clean Power Plan. Glickman cites E2’s report showing a Clean Power Plan roll-back could cost the Sunshine State some 44,000 jobs.
Citing data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report, Minnesota’s largest newspaper wrote a big spread on the economic and job creation potential of clean energy in the region.
In anticipation of the Clean Energy Summit on October 13th, Penn Energy cited data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Nevada 2017”.
The new report says jobs in Nevada’s clean energy sector have grown 9.5 percent over the past year, to a total of more than 31,000. That compares to overall growth of about 3 percent in Nevada’s non-farm labor workforce.
The Associated Press covered the release of E2’s Clean Jobs Nevada report during the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. The report highlighted the fact that Nevada’s clean energy sector has grown to over 31,000 jobs, a 9.5 percent increase over last year and 3 times the growth of Nevada’s non-farm labor workforce overall.
Midwest Energy News covered the anticipated impacts of the Clean Power Plan repeal in Ohio. Environmental advocates emphasize the power of policies at the state level to continue to cut carbon emissions and create jobs in the energy sector despite the repeal, citing Ohio’s clean energy standards that were first adopted in 2008, well before the proposal of the Clean Power Plan.
“These standards actually paved the way for Ohio to be the leader they are in solar jobs in the region,” Environmental Entrepreneurs’s own Gail Parson is quoted as saying in reference to Ohio’s clean energy standards.
In an op-ed published on GreenBiz, E2 Chair and Co-founder Nicole Lederer says the cleantech community cannot remain on the policy sidelines any longer after the Trump Administration’s announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
Lederer writes: “It seems that the cleantech community is largely in a state of tunnel vision and self-delusion. The tunnel vision is the belief that you can grow a company while ignoring the public policies that affect your industry. The delusion is that somebody else is watching out for your best interests in the policy debates that affect your company’s future.”
Daily Kos: EPA chief to sign proposed rule killing Clean Power Plan today, making way for his Dirty Power Plan
Daily Kos covered EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan, making room for the “Dirty Power Plan”.
In criticizing Pruitt’s repeal plan, Daly Kos referenced E2’s “Opportunity Lost: How Rolling Back the Clean Power Plan Harm’s America’s Economy” report, June 2017. The report revealed that killing the CPP would also kill the opportunity to add more than half a million new jobs and $52 billion in gross domestic product to the economy by 2030. Also lost would be the 7 percent cut in electric bills provided by the energy efficiency gains accompanying the CPP’s emissions reductions.
Bloomberg’s energy team spoke with E2 member and Ideal Energy Inc. founder about his reaction to the Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, quoting the Iowa-based CEO saying “this is going to have extreme impact on everything that we’ve built up.”
In an blog post published on the Huffington Post, E2 executive director Bob Keefe explains why the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan will harm American businesses and workers.
“The Trump administration just announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the landmark policy designed to reduce carbon emissions from dirty power plants and put our country on track to addressing climate change. This is good news for anybody who likes pollution, thinks we ought to hitch our economy to 19th century technology and doesn’t mind dealing with extreme weather disasters,” Keefe wrote.
The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., covered State Sen. Jake Corman’s visit to a local clean energy company, which was part of the release of E2’s Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2017. “You want to invest in the future,” Corman said. “You want to invest in new development. You want to invest in new technologies, which bring better quality of life for our country — whether it be by reducing our fossil fuels or by having better alternatives. We want better alternatives because that’s what ultimately the consumer wants.”
The CBS News affiliate in the politically strategic cities of Johnstown, Altoona and State College, Pa., covered State Sen. Jake Corman’s recent visit to a growing clean energy business in the region. E2 helped organize the visit and the report touted E2’s Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2017 report.
“Cutting funding for agencies like the U.S. Department of Energy is not making America great,” wrote E2 member and retired USMC Gen. John Castellaw. “It’s making America less secure and less competitive in a market that increasingly values efficiency.”
E2 was cited in a story on clean energy and job growth by a business news outlet based in Wisconsin. “One area that could be poised for clean energy growth concerns the larger manufacturing companies state officials are continuously working to lure to Wisconsin,” according to the story.
Former news editor and award-winning editorial writer, Jan Lee, featured E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe in her piece about how business leaders responded when President Trump announced that the U.S. would pull its support for the Paris Climate Agreement signed under former President Obama.
Lee wrote that “there’s a reason why it makes perfect sense that business leaders are leading the call on some the country’s most decisive initiatives. According to Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2),a national, nonpartisan business group that was involved in the We Are Still In initiative, there’s a strong business case for supporting the Paris Accord, and for putting it in the framework that business people – including President Trump – can understand.”
E2’s Clean Jobs Midwest report was featured on the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Sunday business section. “Coal is still king in Missouri, accounting for nearly 80 percent of electricity generation statewide, but a newly released jobs report shows the galloping momentum of clean-energy jobs in the state, and throughout the Midwest,” the story noted.
Wisconsin Public Radio quoted E2’s Gail Parson in a story about E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report. “You know, I think some people still think of clean energy as something from ‘The Jetsons,’ or something, and this report shows we have people employed in every state, every county, doing clean energy work,” Parson said.
Pittsburgh’s NPR affiliate ran a story on “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” and the role state policies can play in clean energy job creation in Pennsylvania. The story quoted Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Policy Director Julian Boggs: “The reality is that a lot of energy policy happens at the state level, so we’re in control here in Pennsylvania.”
E2 member Whitney Painter published an op-ed in the Denver Business Journal calling on Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission to approve Xcel Energy’s new resource plan, which is expected to usher in more renewable energy in the Rockies. “The plan would bring up to 2 gigawatts of new wind, solar, and other advanced energy resources to Colorado’s energy supply,” Painter wrote. “Such a flurry of development in clean energy could result in up to $2.5 billion of capital investments Colorado’s economy. It would also mean jobs.”
The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle covered the release of E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report, noting the state ranks fourth in the region in overall clean energy job growth.
The Toledo Blade reported on how Ohio’s clean energy job growth compares to other states in the region and to other industries in Ohio. “Clean energy jobs grew six times faster than any other sector in the state,” according to the story.
The CBS affiliate in Minnesota included a segment on its news show about clean energy jobs and data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report. “Wind and solar farms continue to grow, popping up in farmland, community gardens and on company rooftops. They bring clean energy to consumers and more jobs to the state,” the CBS reporter said.
E2’s Gail Parson was quoted by the public radio station in St. Louis in its story about clean energy jobs in the region. “It’s clear that states are taking a leading role in developing clean technologies because policymakers see that clean energy is a really good job creation plan,” Parson said in the broadcast.
Indiana Public Radio covered the release of E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report, quoting staff member Gal Parson and highlighting the Hoosier State’s No. 6 ranking out of the region’s 12 states in the total number of clean energy jobs.
The St. Cloud (Minn.) Times used the release of data from E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report to highlight how the clean energy industry is helping stalwart local companies expand into new markets and create jobs.
The Pittsburgh City Paper’s coverage of E2’s “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report highlighted Allegheny County’s top spot in our statewide rankings, with 8,000 clean energy jobs in the county. “To know that the companies that are here work together, collaborate and continue to grow jobs in this region is something that I am very, very proud of,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at an E2-organized event hosted by a Western Pennsylvania energy efficiency company.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the release of E2’s new Pennsylvania jobs report, and the story was for much of the week the most widely read story on the influential paper’s PowerSource blog. “The report notes that, by its count, clean energy employs twice as many Pennsylvanians as the fossil fuel industry,” the Post-Gazette reported.
The Philadelphia Business Journal cited E2’s “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” in noting the rapid growth of clean energy jobs across the state. (Subscription required.)
A widely read blog on Pennsylvania environmental policy touted the release of E2’s “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report just ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
Bonnie Gemmell, co-founder of a California-based bag company and an friend of E2, penned an op-ed for the San Francisco Examiner explaining why changing the grid system in California could help small businesses like hers by encouraging more energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. “From a business perspective, it doesn’t make sense for California to continue relying on costly fossil-fueled electricity generating plants when the technology to power our zero-emissions future is already here,” Gemmell wrote.
E2’s Pennsylvania consultant Sharon Pillar was quotes in a story that’s part of Salon’s “Young Americans” reporting project. The story focused on how weak state-level clean energy policies and low energy prices in part because of the glut of natural gas from the state’s Marcellus shale are stifling the state’s renewables sector. “We used to be progressive,” Pillar said.
Marc Mondor, co-founder of a Pittsburgh-based architecture firm specializing in sustainable design, penned an op-ed in the Sunday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that cited E2’s clean energy jobs numbers for Pennsylvania. The op-ed highlighted the threat to clean energy investments and innovation posed by deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy proposed in the White House budget and in legislation recently passed by the House. “If Pennsylvania is to take advantage of the significant economic opportunities offered by clean energy and energy efficiency, the Department of Energy’s vital work must be preserved and strengthened, not dismantled,” Mondor wrote.
An op-ed in the Maryland Reporter by friend of E2 Tony Clifford, chief development officer of Standard Solar, calls on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to join with other governors in the Northeast in supporting the strongest RGGI carbon cap on the table. “A stronger RGGI pollution cap would provide even more funding for Maryland to support initiatives that save the state’s households and companies money, making our state even more attractive to businesses,” Clifford wrote.
E2 member Jon Powers co-authored an op-ed in Fortune Magazine highlighting the role sufficient Energy Department funding plays in stimulating innovation, making our nation more resilient and growing America’s clean energy economy.
In an op-ed in Beltway publication The Hill, E2 executive director Bob Keefe recounted a visit to congressional offices by clean energy business leaders who were demanding continued funding of crucial federal energy research programs. “Congress and our president should listen to the businesses, innovators, investors and others on the front lines of American innovation, and not cede our leadership to the rest of the world with draconian cuts to our basic energy research programs,” Keefe wrote.
E2 member Zach Tucker penned a Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch making the point that economic expansion and job creation go hand-in-hand with environmental protection and adding more clean energy to the grid. The letter cites E2’s Clean Jobs Missouri report and compares the number of Missouri clean energy jobs — 50,000 — to the number of coal mining jobs in the state — 15.
Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, worked with E2 on an op-ed published in Morning Consult on how President Trump’s budget could impact energy innovation across America.
E2 executive director Bob Keefe penned an Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune calling on California lawmakers to pass the cap-and-trade program. “As President Trump and his Cabinet continue to ignore the economic benefits of clean energy and economic costs of climate change, it’s clear now that it’s up to states, cities and businesses to lead where our federal government refuses to do so,” Keefe wrote.
E2’s “Clean Jobs New York” report was cited in a Letter of the Editor of the Buffalo News about the global expansion of the clean energy sector.
Berl Hartman, E2’s New England chapter director, wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe urging continued protection of the first marine national monument in the nation. The Northeast Canyons and Seamount, about 150 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, contributes to the state’s $16 billion ocean economy — but the monument is currently under threat by the Trump administration.
E2’s clean energy jobs numbers for Missouri were cited in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed by a Missouri state representative highlighting the economic benefits of U.S. Dept. of Energy funding.
Friend of E2 Scott Koehler of Schneider Electric penned an op-ed in the Denver Business Journal urging Congress to maintain funding levels for the U.S. Dept. of Energy. “In the coming weeks, Congress must stand up and defend the kinds of U.S. Dept. of Energy programs that help grow our economy and create jobs,” Koehler wrote.
Tom Gilbert of ReThink Energy NJ and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation referenced E2’s New Jersey clean energy jobs analysis in his op-ed on the future of clean energy in the Garden State.
POLITICO’s Morning Energy daily newsletter highlighted E2’s new report on the lost economic opportunities of attempting to abandon strong climate policies like the Clean Power Plan.
The Sacramento Business Journal covered E2’s clean energy jobs analysis with a local take on the state capital’s ranking. (Subscription required.)
E2’s report on the economic costs of rolling back the Clean Power Plan was covered in an article in POWER Magazine.
E&E covered E2’s report showing how the Trump administration’s roll-back of strong climate policies like the Clean Power Plan costs America jobs and economic growth.
E2’s report on clean energy jobs in California was covered in a San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) story that was also picked up by the Los Angeles Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News, the Whittier Daily News and the Pasadena Star-News.
POLITICO’s Morning Energy daily newsletter highlighted the 519,000 California clean energy jobs that were detailed in E2’s new analysis.
The tech blog of the San Jose Mercury News used E2’s jobs report as a way to draw a contrast between California’s economy-expanding clean energy policies and the Trump administration’s roll-back of strong climate and clean energy policies.
The trade publication SolarReviews covered E2’s analysis of clean energy jobs in California.
E2 Pennsylvania consultant Sharon Pillar was interviewed for and quoted in this Pacific Standard magazine story on President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. was abandoning the Paris climate agreement. “We have some jobs that are very technical and require advanced degrees, and others that are available to people right out of high school,” Pillar said. “And our wind industry is primarily located in the mountains outside Pittsburgh, so this industry is bringing jobs to rural areas as well.”
A Brazilian magazine with a weekly circulation of about 390,000 cited E2’s Clean Jobs America report.
New York Magazine quoted Bob Keefe’s reaction to the withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.
Citing E2, the Reading (Pa.) Eagle noted that those urging the Trump administration to keep the U.S. promise on the Paris agreement have made charges around the potential jobs impact.
Midwest Energy News linked to a Bob Keefe-Mindy Lubber joint blog post in the wake of the announcement from the Trump administration that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.
The Chicago Tribune picked up Bloomberg’s story citing E2’s concerns about the jobs impact of abandoning the Paris climate agreement.
Trump withdrawal from paris climate accord draws condemnation from world leaders; west coast states form their own alliance to combat climate change
A San Diego-area nonprofit news outlet pointed to the economic concerns E2 expressed in the wake of the Trump administration’s Paris agreement withdrawal.
The solar industry website SolarReviews included in its story about Paris an E2 graphic and ended with a quote from Bob Keefe: “Pulling out of the Paris agreement is bad for business, plain and simple. If President Trump truly cares about jobs and our economy, he would be foolish to pull out.”
E2’s Bob Keefe was quoted in Biodiesel Magazine’s re-cap of the Paris withdrawal.
A commentary piece in Global Trade cited E2’s argument that Paris agreement withdrawal is bad for the economy, jobs and business.
Following the controversy that erupted when President Trump cited Pittsburgh in his speech on the Paris agreement withdrawal, a CBS Marketwatch story cited E2’s clean energy jobs data for the Iron City. “Clean energy is part of that [jobs] revival,” CBS wrote. “More than 13,000 people now work in renewable energy and related areas in Pittsburgh, according to a report from the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and Environmental Entrepreneurs.”
E2’s reaction to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was included alongside the CEOs of GE, Tesla, Apple, Facebook, Salesforce, Google, Shell and others.
Bloomberg’s story on the Paris withdrawal and trade included a mention of E2: “Those urging the Trump administration to keep the U.S. promise on the Paris agreement have made opposite charges around the potential jobs impact,” Bloomberg wrote. “Environmental Entrepreneurs, an environmental advocacy group, said the withdrawal would put 3 million clean-energy jobs at risk.”
Fast Company quoted Bob Keefe in a paragraph explaining how the Paris agreement withdrawal will hurt job growth in America.
An article in OutlookFirst includes a mention of E2’s concerns regarding the Paris withdrawal’s impact on the job market in America.
An NBC News affiliate in the heart of coal country cited E2’s clean energy jobs data in its warning that the Paris agreement withdrawal may have negative job impacts on the American economy.
Oil and Gas online republished E2’s press release announcing that a letter signed by 250 business leaders urging the Trump administration not to pursue offshore drilling had been sent to the White House.
A brewer from coastal Oregon worked with E2 to place an op-ed in the Daily Astorian. The op-ed calls on local legislators to step up and enact cap-and-trade legislation this session — especially in light of the glaring lack of climate and clean energy action coming from Congress and the White House.
An article in GreenBiz discusses the historic role E2 and other business groups played in helping make California an international leader when it comes to climate policy.
Kevin Fitzwilliam joined E2 at the recent climate march in Washington, and the Advocate, one of the most influential newspapers in Louisiana, ran a letter he wrote explaining why strong climate policies at the federal level re good for business in Louisiana — and all across the country.
A state assemblyman representing central New Jersey cited E2’s clean energy jobs numbers in a lengthy Letter to the Editor calling on lawmakers in Trenton to back stronger clean energy and science policies. “One [policy] is to enact legislation calling for 80 percent of New Jersey’s energy to come from clean, affordable sources like wind and solar by 2050,” Assemblyman Zwicker wrote. “That’s not pie in the sky. The technology is here; we just need the will and policies to back it up.”
E2 member Tim Dwight talks about how he became involved in the renewable energy industry — and how more clean energy make the grid more reliable, conserves water and creates rural jobs.
The Portland (Ore.) Business Journal covered E2’s release of an analysis of the economic impacts of clean energy across Oregon’s 30 state senate districts. “Clean energy is an increasingly important sector in Oregon’s economy,” said Mike Mercer of Portland, E2’s Pacific Northwest advocate. “But attracting top clean energy businesses — and the commercial and industrial projects they develop — is more competitive now than it was even just a few years ago. To help expand Oregon’s economy and create more local jobs, legislators must pursue more ambitious clean energy policies — now.”
E2 member and former NFL player Tim Dwight talks football — and clean energy — with WHO-AM radio in Des Moines, Iowa.
A story in one of the most influential newspapers in New Jersey cited a recent E2 fact sheet in a debate about whether or not to pursue oil drilling off the Atlantic coasts. “Opponents fear that expanding drilling opportunities could harm the clean energy economy by cementing fossil fuels as the cheaper alternative,” the paper wrote. “A study by ReThink Energy NJ and Environmental Entrepreneurs found that 41,000 New Jerseyans have jobs in solar, wind or energy efficiency.”
E2 member RJ Harrington of Colorado is featured in this Money Magazine spread featuring clean energy professionals grading President Trump’s first 100 days in office. “President Trump doesn’t seem to understand that the economy and the environment aren’t at odds, and that action on climate change and clean energy is good for business and good for jobs,” Harrington said. Harrington’s grade for Trump? An F.
The Atlantic City (N.J.) Press covered the release of an E2 clean energy fact sheet in the Garden State. “New Jersey’s energy industry has gone green,” the article said, citing E2 clean energy jobs data as evidence.
E2’s New Jersey clean energy jobs fact sheet was featured in a local Franklin County, N.J., news story on alternative energy. “The fact that the vast majority of the Garden State’s energy jobs are classified as ‘clean’ – meaning they relate to renewables or energy savings – reflects a growing, nationwide clean energy and clean transportation industry of about three million jobs,” TapInto wrote.
E2’s Clean Jobs Midwest report was highlighted in a ChicagoInno story listing 10 of the most innovative clean energy companies in the Midwest. One of the companies mentioned — SiNode Systems — was co-founded by E2 Clean Power Player Samir Mayekar.
E2 consultant Sharon Pillar highlights the 70,000 clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania in a story highlighting EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s trip to the Keystone State to tour a coal mine. Pillar notes that clean energy jobs surpass coal jobs both in Pennsylvania and nationally.
A Utah Public Radio story on the Trump administration’s climate policies cites employment statistics from a 2015 “Clean Energy Works for Us” report published by E2.
E2 members Stephen Cheney and Jonathan Genseler are quoted in this Public News Service story about how Tennessee residents and other Americans could be impacted by the Trump administration’s rollback of crucial climate policies. “I think you would be hard pressed to find senior leadership at the Pentagon that doesn’t take the threat of climate change seriously, all the way up to and including his own Secretary of Defense,” Cheney said.
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E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report was mentioned in a Kansas City Star op-ed that makes the economic case for sticking with the Clean Power Plan.
Bob Keefe is quoted in an InsideClimate News story about investors and renewable energy in the Trump era. “The people fighting against these smart [clean energy] policies were just emboldened by the president of the United States and that is something to worry about,” Keefe said.
A story on the Clean Power Plan rollback acknowledges that E2’s Bob Keefe makes a “strong case that renewables, not coal, are the future of energy employment.”
Listen to Tony Williams at the 9:50 mark:
A Los Angeles Times opinion column about the Trump administration’s impact on jobs quotes E2’s Bob Keefe. “[Keefe] told the Los Angeles Times that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the plan Trump is revoking, would have been ‘a huge economic catalyst.'”
“Clean energy already accounts for about three million well-paying American jobs and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, according to the Department of Energy,” Berl Hartman, E2’s New England chapter director, wrote in a Letter to the Editor published in the New York Times. “If Mr. Trump and his Republican colleagues really cared about American workers, they would invest in the clean, renewable energy of the future — not the dead-end polluting energy of the past.”
E2 member Andrew Winston wrote an article on President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era climate policies in the Harvard Business Review. “The president and his team seem to hold outdated views that tackling climate change is economically damaging, or that we can stop progress in energy technologies and markets,” he wrote. “It’s absurd, and factually wrong, for many reasons.”
Ohio-based E2 member Greg Smith was interviewed about clean energy on America’s Workforce Radio. The interview happens at the 34:55 mark.
E2’s Bob Keefe is quoted in a story about how President Trump’s executive order concerning the Clean Power Plan will affect California, which has some of the strongest carbon-pollution standards in the nation. ” President Trump is basically telling California’s more than 40,000 clean-energy businesses and the 500,000 workers they employ that they don’t matter to him,” Keefe said.
Bob Keefe conducted an extensive interview for Free Speech Radio News about President Trump’s Clean Power Plan executive order. “What President Trump has just done is taken that certainty away from American businesses,” Keefe said. “They don’t know where we’re going to go next when it comes to clean energy. It’s unfortunate. The good news is that there are states that are still moving forward.”
E2’s Western states advocate Mary Solecki was quoted in The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif., following President Trump’s executive order rescinding the Clean Power Plan. “We need to speed up our response to climate change, because rising seas, drought, flooding and wildfires will affect everyone,” she said.
E2 Pacific Northwest chapter director Erik Wohlgemuth authored an op-ed in the Portland (Ore.) Business Journal. The op-ed says an analysis of cap-and-trade in the state has gaps that must be addressed to ensure the state’s political leaders can make informed policy decisions.
E2 member Dave Belote — the former commander of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada — penned an op-ed in the Nevada Independent calling upon the Trump administration to properly fund clean energy initiatives. The op-ed also urges Nevada lawmakers to enact stronger renewable energy and energy efficiency policies for the good of our economy, military and environment.
E2 Pennsylvania advocate Sharon Pillar explains to Mark Olshaker of 680 WISR AM Radio in Butler, Pa., why more clean energy means more jobs for Pennsylvania. Tune in at the 30-minute mark to hear Pillar’s interview.
E2’s Bob Keefe is quoted in a story about President Trump’s preliminary budget. “This extreme budget puts millions of clean energy jobs at risk and lands a body-blow to American competitiveness,” Keefe said. “The proposals outlined in this budget need to be stopped. Now.”
As President Trump advances his “America First” agenda, solar and wind power are missing from a script that favors oil, gas and coal. But our military, always duty-bound to put America first, is on a different path. As one of the world’s largest consumers of fossil fuels, the Department of Defense sees clean energy as crucial to the nation’s security — and it is acting accordingly.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 259,000 Americans now work in clean vehicle production. Those jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars saved through fuel efficiency by businesses and consumers alike, are now at risk, according to E2’s Bob Keefe.
Donald Trump announced that his administration would reopen emissions mandates and examine the standards into 2018. Separately, an official stated that reopening the review does not guarantee that the standards will be weakened. In response to the news, several statements and news releases including E2’s were pushed out to the media.
E2 rejected the idea that addressing climate change via clean car standards means laying off workers. Rolling back fuel efficiency, said executive director Bob Keefe, “will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles.”
Any Virginian who has bailed out a flooded basement or hunted for candles during a storm knows how a power outage can grind daily life to a halt. When a blackout happens at a military base, it is not merely an inconvenience. It is a national security issue. That’s why Virginia lawmakers, the White House and Congress must remember the importance of clean energy in state and federal policies. Simply put, clean energy increases energy security, cuts the carbon emissions fueling climate change and creates good jobs for veterans.
Beaver County is already establishing a thriving alternative energy economy with 626 jobs at companies like Eaton and Veolia, according to a Clean Jobs Pennsylvania report from E2 and the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance.
E2 executive director Bob Keefe’s is quoted on clean energy and jobs in this preview of the week ahead in federal energy policies.
Sen. Claire McCaskill was right when she recently rejected Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. She stood up for the interest of the people, environment and economy of Missouri, said a Missouri business leader in an op-ed citing E2’s clean energy jobs numbers.
“There is nothing that matters more to politicians than jobs and ribbon cuttings,’’ Bob Keefe, executive director of the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, said during a speech at a climate change conference in Chicago. “They need to hear from business people that this is driving growth.’’
“Energy Efficiency Jobs in America,” identifies the top 10 states investing in energy efficiency and creating jobs. California led the pack, followed by Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, New York, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. What about New Jersey jobs? This state we’re in wasn’t given a numerical ranking, but the report notes that as of 2015, about 38,400 New Jerseyans were working in energy efficiency related jobs.
E2 published a blog from executive director Bob Keefe about Scott Pruitt’s first speech as head of the EPA. Keefe wrote, “In his first speech as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt made it clear that the environment and the economy shouldn’t be at odds. Across America, clean energy businesses and workers couldn’t agree more.” E2 also released a new fact sheet highlighting job numbers in clean energy.
With 62,000 good clean energy jobs — detailed right down to the county level in the recently released “Clean Jobs Colorado” report from E2 — Colorado lawmakers must ensure our state’s clean energy economy remains attractive to employers.
Many U.S. corporations have adopted environmentally friendly practices and touted themselves as green companies. But when it comes to government climate policy, these businesses have been largely silent and support politicians who oppose taking any action.
La Plata County has nearly 800 people working in the clean energy sector, according to a recent report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information.
The numbers are in and the results are clear: Energy efficiency is a growing source of employment.
More than 62,000 people in Colorado work in the clean energy sector, according to a new report released by E2.
A story about the Reno City Council voting to support energy efficiency and clean energy cited E2’s “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America” report.
A new report finds that energy efficiency is one of the nation’s biggest job sectors, employing more than 1.9 million Americans across all 50 states.
Colorado has 62,000 people working in the clean energy sector, according to a new report from E2.
Of the 62,000 people in Colorado who work in the clean energy sector, nearly a quarter of them are employed in the renewable energy sector, according to a new report released by E2.
Colorado supports more than 62,000 jobs in the clean energy industry, most of which are in the 10 largest counties in the state, including Mesa, according to a new E2 report.
Politics aside, the prospects for jobs that create and manage alternatives to oil and gas remain promising in the Centennial State.
Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties are among Colorado’s top 10 counties for clean-energy jobs, according to a report released Friday by E2.
Of the 62,000 people in Colorado who work in the clean energy sector, nearly a quarter of them are employed in the renewable energy sector, according to a new report released by E2.
The clean-energy industry now accounts for 62,000 jobs and is playing a growing role in Colorado’s economy, according to a new report distributed to state lawmakers — who are being urged to do more to help increase that total, despite signs that the Trump administration’s energy policies will seek to bolster reliance on coal and other fossil fuels.
An in-depth interview with E2 executive director Bob Keefe.
The Ohio legislature has just passed a bill that would make the RPS voluntary, effectively extending the suspension, for two more years. The bill is on Kasich’s desk; he will either sign it into law or veto it soon, Roberts wrote, citing E2’s clean energy jobs reports.
California is a powerhouse in a promising field for job creation, according to a new report that paints energy efficiency as a growing industry and an economic driver, said Public News Service.
By passing the EV tax credit bill in 2017, the Utah Legislature can amplify these trends, save consumers money, clear the air, and send a strong message that Utah is open to innovation and clean technology, E2 Rocky Mountains advocate Susan Nedell wrote in an op-ed published in the Salt Lake City Tribune.
In the final hours of Ohio’s lame-duck session, lawmakers passed House Bill 554 late Thursday night, which will freeze clean energy mandates for another two years if Gov. John Kasich signs the bill. More than 25,000 jobs could be at risk, wrote EcoWatch, referencing E2’s clean energy jobs numbers throughout the piece.
Energy efficiency businesses employ more people than others in the clean energy sector — including renewables, clean fuels and electric vehicles — E&E wrote in its coverage of E2’s and E4TheFuture’s “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America” report.
A new report says Connecticut has 12,460 jobs related to energy efficiency, particularly in lighting technologies, the Hartford Business Journal wrote.
A new report detailing energy efficiency employment has found that the Worcester area has 10,666 employees in the industry, the Worcester (Mass.) Business Journal wrote.
Nevada’s lawmakers are going to be hearing from proponents of clean energy technologies, NBC News in Reno, Nevada, said.
If they care about creating jobs, driving economic growth and saving consumers’ money, here’s one industry our elected officials in Washington and beyond should support: Energy efficiency, E2’s executive director Bob Keefe said in a blog post on Medium.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency are proven job creators. The clean energy industry in the U.S. currently employs over 2.5 million people, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a nonpartisan business group, wrote DeSmog Blog in an assessment of potential energy policies in the upcoming Trump administration.
Environmental group says Colorado can boost economy, combat climate change by updating energy policies
E2’s new report “Colorado’s Energy Future” was featured in a story explaining how updating state renewable and energy efficiency policies can spur economic growth and job creation.
The executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway chapter cited E2’s Clean Jobs Midwest report in an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The op-ed calls upon elected officials to back strong implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan.
The executive director of the Sustainable Business Network cited E2’s Clean Jobs Pennsylvania report in a letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighting the shift to clean energy both in Pennsylvania and nationally.
Sustainable Brands Senior Writer Mike Hower on the passing of SB 32 and the benefits of California’s clean energy policies, prominently featuring E2’s California fact sheets and quoting E2 fellow Sam Irvine.
El aire, el cambio climático y el futuro de las comunidades en California en manos de la legislatura
E2 Member Tom Soto discusses the importance of adopting SB 32 and the struggles in passing the bill through California legislation in La Opinion.
Don Cameron on the effects of climate change on California farming and what SB 32 can do to alleviate certain pressures on the industry in The Fresno Bee. E2’s California fact sheets are quoted.
Craig McNamara, owner of Sierra Orchards, quotes E2’s California fact sheets in his analysis of climate change policies on agriculture and general industry in California.
LA Times article quotes E2’s California District fact sheets in their report on the clean tech industry and their point of view on climate change policy.
Mercury News editorial board’s coverage of the benefits of SB 32 and what needs to happen at the local level to help the bill pass.
California Considers Aggressive Carbon Reduction Targets: Why Businesses Outside the State Should Care
Article in Environmental Leader on SB 32 and its potential effects on California, quoting E2 Western States Advocate Mary Solecki on support for the bill and citing E2’s letter to the California Assembly.
Green Light Renewable Services installer Tim Kruse cites E2 Clean Jobs Midwest report in letter to the state of Iowa about the Clean Energy Incentive Program.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe discusses AB 32’s effect on the California economy and how SB 32 can build on the improvements.
Article in Austin Statesman about Texas’ move towards an overall cleaner energy grid, mentioning E2’s “Q4 and Year-End 2015 Clean Jobs Report” as a source.
E2 Member Andrew Winston in the Harvard Business Review on industrial investors in clean energy and how they afford their investments.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe in the Huffington Post blog on the the state of New York’s clean energy standards and how they are changing.
E2 New York Chapter Director Ron Kamen on Syracuse.com urging New York’s Public Service Commission to adopt a new program requiring the state to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030.
Piece focusing on Californian support for the expansion of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).
E2 Western States Advocate Mary Solecki quoted in this analysis of gasification.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes E2 Pennsylvania consultant Sharon Pillar and “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” in a diverse analysis of the state of the energy industry in Pennsylvania.
The first time I was in Pittsburgh was as a business journalist, writing about labor issues and the decline of the steel industry. This week, I’m back in Pittsburgh at a time when Pennsylvania is seeing record numbers of jobs created in a burgeoning new industry: clean energy.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the importance of policy in maintaining the growth of clean energy in Pennsylvania.
Outline of Pennsylvania’s recent clean jobs growth based on findings from the “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report.
Beaver County Times highlights clean jobs growth numbers from “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report.
Green Energy Times includes news about “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report in primary new coverage for July 15.
Highlights of the “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report from energycentral.com.
Francine Marie talks with Joel Olsen, CEO of the Independent Power company O2 emc, on the importance of solar farms and how they are impacting the economy.
E2 Western States Advocate Mary Solecki and Ceres California Policy Director Kirsten James talk Assembly Bill 32 and what it means for the clean energy economy. Click on the picture below for the full story.
A focus on the 66,000+ clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania and related metrics found in the “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report by E2 and KEEA.
Highlights of the “Clean Jobs Report” by E2 and KEEA, particularly clean jobs growth and the breakdown of jobs in clean energy sectors.
Outline of the “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” report findings and key messages.
Overview of the major findings of “Clean Jobs Pennsylvania” and how to keep clean job numbers up in the Keystone State.
E2 Chapter Director Zach Tucker on his life as a social entrepreneur, environmental advocate, and a doer of good. Click on the image below for the profile.
E2 Iowa member and former NFL standout Tim Dwight talks solar with Sports Illustrated. Click on the image below for the full story.
E2 Member Tim Dwight talks solar industry, Iowa’s place in clean energy, and his days in the NFL on Iowa radio station KFJB.
E2 Rocky Mountains Chapter Director Whitney Painter on the coal industry’s status and how it can be supplemented with advances in clean energy.
Alliance for Clean Energy New York Executive Director Anne Reynolds and E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe discuss the growth of the clean energy industry in New York.
E2 Midwest Chapter Director Zach Tucker on the “Clean Jobs Midwest” report and what it means for Missouri legislators.
GreenBiz Senior Writer Mike Hower on renewable energy and how it will affect the U.S economy in the near future, citing E2’s “Clean Jobs New York” report as a source.
Matt Elliott, Executive Director of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), cites a KEEA and E2 report in his discussion of the Pennsylvania Act 129 in The Times-Tribune.
Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) Executive Director Matt Elliott on how Act 129 affects Pennsylvania’s economy and energy industry in Times Leader, quoting a report done by KEEA and E2.
E2 Midwest Advocate Gail Parson on Indiana’s need for clean energy policy improvements based on E2’s “Clean Jobs Midwest” report.
Here’s how an 8-year-old energy efficiency law has improved Pa’s economy, environment. Let’s keep it going: Matt Elliott
Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) Executive Director Matt Elliott discusses Pennsylvania Act 129, quoting a report from KEEA and E2 in PennLive Op-Ed.
E2 Midwest Chapter Director Zach Tucker in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the economic growth of clean energy and energy efficiency, and the policies necessary to drive this forward.
E2 Executive Director on how businesses continue to lead the way on climate change.
E2 NY Chapter Director Ron Kamen in the Poughkeepsie Journalon the 85,000 reasons why New York should continue to strengthen clean energy policies at the state level.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe quoted on EPA’s final rules to reduce methane emissions.
E2 New England Chapter Director Berl Hartman asserting that protecting biologically rich ocean areas would benefit fisheries, not harm them.
E2 Member Suzanne Hunt discussing E2’s Clean Jobs New York Report.
E2 and our partners recently released Clean Jobs New York, a comprehensive report showing that more than 85,000 people work in the clean energy sector in New York at more than 7,500 business establishments.
E2 San Diego Co-Chapter Director Carl Nettleton on the need to transition to clean energy while maintaining economic security.
E2 Member Tim Dwight in The Des Moines Register on the impact of solar in Iowa.
E2 Member Bill DeLacy in The Register-Guard, on Oregon’s clean fuels standard.
E2 and its partners released Clean Jobs Midwest in March 2016. This regional survey of clean energy employment – available at CleanJobsMidwest.com – shows that nearly 569,000 people in 12 Midwestern states currently work in sectors including renewable energy generation, clean transmission, energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation.
In March 2016, E2 released Clean Jobs America, a comprehensive clean energy jobs analysis showing that 2.5 million Americans work in the clean energy sector. The report, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a survey of tens of thousands of businesses across the country, provides detailed breakdowns of clean energy jobs not available previously, and it was developed and released in connection with a major U.S. Department of Energy study of all energy jobs in America.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe on the new report that shows that 569,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy and clean transportation.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe quoted in New Republic on the transition of the energy business away from coal to clean energy.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe quoted on the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) announcement of the designation of a Wind Energy Area off the coast of New York.
E2 Chair & Co-Founder Nicole Lederer is featured in the United Nations’ Our Planet magazine on the new clean energy economy’s ability to provide more stability, security, and jobs, and allow us to power our future with resources accessible to all.
E2 member Kevin Johnson in The Southern Illinoisan on the need for Illinois to embrace a clean energy future.
E2 member Dan Smolen writing in support of Virginia Lt. Gov. Northam’s opposition to oil exploration on the outer-continental shelf.
Guest blog in Environmental Defence of Canada by E2 member Dave Welch, the President of Infinera Corporation, a California based technology company, and Peter Miller, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and a board member of California’s Climate Action Reserve.
E2 Mid-Atlantic Chapter Director Dave Belote was interviewed on 1140 WRVA (Richmond, VA) radio’s Jimmy Barrett show. Dave spoke about the economic benefits of Clean Power Plan implementation in Virginia.
E2 member Yale Klat in the Illinois Business Journal on the need for Congress to stand with the business community in Illinois and across the Midwest and support – not obstruct – the economic benefits of the historic climate agreement.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe quoted in Oslo, Norway’s Bellona on President Obama hitting the right notes with the business community in his discussion of clean energy in his State of the Union.
E2 members Troy Van Beek and Dave Belote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on the business and national security implications of the Paris accord.
E2 members Troy Van Beek and Dave Belote in the Quad-City Times on the business and national security implications of the Paris accord.
E2 Co-Founder and Chair Nicole Lederer in the San Jose Mercury News on a strong market signal from Paris and the need for clear, consistent energy policies at the state and federal levels in the US.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe and Richard Eidlin of the American Sustainable Business Council in The Hill on Congress following the example of the U.S. business community and their need to support the historic Paris agreement.
Upon countries reaching a climate agreement in Paris, Foreign Policy quotes E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe on investors and businesses leaving Paris with a clear market signal.
E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe in Medium on the historic and comprehensive deal to address climate change just signed by negotiators in Paris.
Writing from Paris, E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe on how businesses are helping lead the way in real action on climate change.
E2 member Amy Van Beek in the Cedar Rapids Gazette about the need of a Paris treaty for the good of the economy and the environment in Iowa.
E2 member Zach Tucker in The Kansas City Star on the opportunity for businesses to lead on climate at COP21.
E2 Mid-Atlantic Chapter Director Dave Belote in The Virginian-Pilot on countries and companies committed to reaching a climate agreement at COP21.