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Ohio in top 10 for states with most clean energy jobs
BRANDON KLEIN, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
Ohio ranks among the top 10 states for clean energy jobs, according to a recent analysis.
The state ranks eighth with 112,486 clean energy jobs with 81,676 in energy efficiency, followed by solar (8,108), clean vehicles (3,184) and wind (1,983), according to the 2019 Clean Jobs America report from E2, a nonpartisan business group.
California is the top state with 512,934 jobs, followed by Texas (233,447), Florida (158,652), New York (156,059), Michigan (126,081), Illinois (123,247) and Massachusetts (116,491).
Rounding out the top 10, North Carolina was ninth with 110,913 jobs, followed by Virginia with 95,158 jobs.
Nationally, clean energy jobs totaled more than 3.26 million at the end of 2018 with clean jobs outnumbering fossil fuels jobs nearly three to one, 3.26 million to 1.17 million, respectively.
Clean energy employers said they anticipate 6 percent job growth for this year.
"Clean energy jobs continued to grow across the country in 2018. But this growth is in jeopardy because of misguided Trump policies such as tariffs on solar panels and rollbacks of popular fuel economy and energy efficiency standards," said Bob Keefe, E2 executive director, in a statement. "The 3.3 million Americans who now work in clean energy industries - and all of us - are counting on Congress to take action that helps this giant sector continue to expand our economy. America's ability to lead the world in innovation and compete globally in this booming market depends on it."
Clean energy jobs have grown every year since the first report was released in 2016, E2 said. Energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2018 than any energy industry and account for half of the sector's total job increase.
Construction and manufacturing are the main drivers for the energy efficiency's performance in job creation, according to the study.
Energy efficiency-related jobs make up one out of every six construction jobs.
On the other hand, solar jobs decreased for a second year in a row, falling nearly 15,000 last year, while wind jobs grew by 3.5 percent.
About 90 percent of the losses occurred in California and Massachusetts, while 18 other states saw growth. But solar remains the top provider in electric power generation in jobs, followed by natural gas and wind.
Date Published: April 22, 2019