Top 5 Counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Lane

  • All 36 counties have residents working in clean energy
  • Oregon is home to 11,000 rural clean energy jobs
  • Clean energy employs 50X more Oregonians than fossil fuels

SALEM, OR (December 13, 2018) More than 55,000 Oregonians now work in clean energy in every county in Oregon, according to a new analysis of energy jobs data by the national, non-partisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) in partnership with the Northwest Environmental Business Council and Oregon Business for Climate.

Overall, energy efficiency led the way in jobs with nearly 42,000 jobs – powering Oregon to rank just outside the top 20 states (no. 21) in total clean energy jobs. The  renewable energy sector, led by wind and solar,  combines for an additional 7,600 jobs.

Clean Jobs Oregon is available at www.e2.org/cleanjobsor.

“It’s the Oregon Way to prioritize policies that preserve our natural environment while growing our economy,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Meeting the challenge of climate change is not mutually exclusive with long-term economic competitiveness and business growth: we must and we can do both. The clean energy industry already employs 55,000 Oregonians in good jobs across the state, and a cap-and-invest strategy will only grow that number, creating jobs and reducing emissions that pollute our air and increase climate change. We have an opportunity this legislative session that we cannot pass by, for the Oregonians of today and tomorrow.”

The report highlights a market based cap-and-invest program as the key way for Oregon to generate more clean energy jobs. . Cap-and-invest has the potential to generate the kinds of private-sector market signals helping to grow exisiting clean energy companies in Oregon and bring new ones to the state to position Oregon for more clean energy investment.

“Clean jobs count in Oregon,” said Andy Wunder, E2 Western States Advocate. “The clean energy sector is just beginning to realize it’s enormous economic potential here and cannot afford to sit back and miss out on the prosperity and promise of the clean economy.”

Beyond cap-and-invest, the report credits Oregon’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, Clean Fuels Program and  Coal to Clean that has driven local infrastructure projects like solar arrays and wind farms for the state’s clean jobs success.

Despite a population of just four million, Oregon ranked in the top 21 states in six different clean energy job categories, including solar energy (no. 14), energy efficiency (no. 19), wind energy (no. 21), renewable energy (no. 19), clean vehicles (no. 19), grid and storage (no. 18).

“Oregon presents the ideal environment for businesses to invest in the growing clean energy sector,” said Mike Mercer, E2 Oregon Consultant. “Not only is the state home to an established clean job market, it’s proximity to the nation’s top clean energy market in California makes it a prime candidate for new clean energy investment and development – particularly in renewables and grid modernization.”

According to the Clean Jobs Oregon report, while Multnomah and Washington counties lead the state with more than 28,700 clean jobs, nearly 11,000 clean energy jobs can be found in the state’s rural areas. In addition, Morrow County lead the entire state in jobs density with over 28 clean energy jobs per 1000 residents. All 36 counties employed workers in clean energy with a statewide average of 13.3 workers per 1000 residents.

Overall, clean energy employed over 50 times more workers as fossil fuels, including 10.5% of whom are veterans. In addition, nearly 40,000 Oregon clean energy workers are employed in construction or manufacturing.

“The clean economy is in Oregon to stay,” said Zach Amittay, E2 Advocate. “2019 is a critical year in ensuring we take full advantage of this booming economic sector.”

The report is part of E2’s ongoing Clean Jobs America economic analyses, which has been the pioneer in tracking America’s clean energy employment since 2013.

The 2018 jobs analysis expands on data from the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) released in May by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Energy Futures Initiative (EFI).  E2 is a partner on the USEER, the third installment of the energy survey first released by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016 but canceled last year by the Trump administration.

To speak with E2 members and other business leaders in Oregon, please contact Michael Timberlake at (202) 289-2407.

Additional Resources:

###

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

About Partner Organizations:

Oregon Business for Climate – Oregon Business for Climate provides a forum for Oregon industry leaders to collaborate in policy and business engagements aimed at promoting investment, job creation, competitiveness and economic growth towards Oregon’s low-carbon economy.