Clean energy projects creating jobs

Green energy jobs

WASHINGTON — As many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the U.S. during the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the national group of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies.

Wind industry

While noting the major advances made in clean energy employment in the second quarter, the E2 report also shows the potential end of the Production Tax Credit already is putting a damper on the growth in the wind industry.

In the second quarter, E2 tracked 12 wind generation project announcements that are poised to create about 2,300 jobs. In the first quarter of this year, E2 tracked 31 wind power generation project announcements that would create more than 9,100 jobs.

Good news

“The good news is that despite the challenging economic and political environment, the clean energy industry is still creating badly needed American jobs all across the country,” said Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs.

“The bad news is that the threats to the wind industry because of uncertainty over the Production Tax Credit are very real, and are already taking its toll on job creation in that sector,” she said.

Other findings

  • Clean energy projects were announced in 30 states in the second quarter.

  • Nearly one-third of the announcements were in Midwest states, including Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.
  • Clean energy projects cross over party lines. A total of 35 clean energy projects were announced in Democratic districts and 31 in Republican districts Nine projects spanned districts represented by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
  • Public transportation, electric vehicle manufacturing and power generation announcements led the clean energy sector for job growth.
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