Massachusetts’ Clean Economy Sees Massive Growth, Now Hosts 71,000 Jobs In Cleantech

by Andrew, via CleanTechnica

Government investment and support for clean, renewable energy development is paying off handsomely in Massachusetts, where the clean energy economy grew 11.2% between July 2011 and July 2012. The state’s fast-growing clean energy sector now employs 71,523 people at 4,995 clean energy businesses across the state, according to a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) report released Aug. 16.

“I have said from the beginning of this Administration that, if we get clean energy right, the world will be our customer,” Governor Deval Patrick, who’s serving his second term in office, stated in a press release. “This past year’s 11.2 percent increase in clean energy jobs means that we are getting it right and the world knows it.

“Investing in our nation-leading clean energy agenda is the right thing to do for our environment, our energy independence, our public health and our economic vitality. We owe it to our future to keep this momentum going strong.”

Investing in Clean Energy Paying Off for Massachusetts

The 11.2% economic growth rate for Massachusetts’ clean energy sector is well above that of even rapidly industrializing countries, such as China. The 71,523 people employed at clean energy businesses recorded by MassCEC in its latest annual report are working in jobs directly related to the state’s clean energy sector. Signs indicate the growth will continue:

“Employers surveyed are optimistic about the coming year and expect to hire more workers in 2013,” MassCEC states in its press release. “Clean energy continues to maintain its place as one of the Commonwealth’s marquee industries, with 1.7 percent of the total Massachusetts workforce.”

MassCEC found that the state’s clean energy sector is a diversified one, with businesses involved in construction and manufacturing to research and development. In its “2012 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report,” MassCEC also “identified a large number of companies that don’t necessarily identify themselves as clean energy companies first, but directly engage in activity related to the clean energy sector — showing that clean energy penetrates numerous sectors of the Massachusetts economy.”

“This report is proof that Massachusetts’ innovation economy is succeeding,” said incoming MassCEC Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Alicia Barton McDevitt, who begins her term on August 20.

“The report affirms Massachusetts’ role as a national and global leader in clean energy development and deployment, and a success made possible by our talented workforce, world-class academic and research institutions, and Governor Patrick’s vision for a clean energy future in Massachusetts.”

For the report, a clean energy business “is defined as an employer engaged in whole or in part in providing goods and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and carbon management. Clean energy workers are defined as spending at least a portion of their time supporting the clean energy aspects of their businesses.”

Prepared by BW Research Partnership on behalf of MassCEC, the Massachusetts “2012 Clean Energy Industry Report” includes breakdowns of companies and employment by technology sector and geographic region, as well as information on workforce trends.

This piece was originally published at CleanTechnica and was reprinted with permission.

Watch a documentary that CAP produced on the boom in Massachusetts’ clean economy:

6 Responses to Massachusetts’ Clean Economy Sees Massive Growth, Now Hosts 71,000 Jobs In Cleantech

  1. Leif says:

    Imagine what could be accomplished if congress was not peeing on the parade? If capitalism worked for humanity and Earth’s life support systems? If profits worked for the people, not the polluters? If we had a government of, by and for the people, not the vested interests of the all ready rich? Would we be a happier Nation? World? Why not try?

  2. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Exactly! How’s this for plain speaking? Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica,
    “Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is found in the Decretum Gratiani;”The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry:the clothing you shut away, to the naked:and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom for the penniless’.
    The rich are not a blessing on humanity-they are its curse. How they have the gall to claim to be ‘Christians’, let alone proclaim that their nasty, vicious, misanthropic and suicidal policies are ‘Christian’, is beyond me.

  3. sailrick says:

    How they call themselves pro life is beyond me.

  4. DonB says:

    While there are many rent-seeking (economic term*) rich, particularly in the 0.01%, that fit your definition, there are at least a few, such as Bill Gates, that are making attempts, sometimes misguided as in his much less than adequate understanding of the future effects of climate change and ways to deal with it, to help those in the world that do not have ways to bootstrap themselves out of their poverty and overcome the healthcare challenges that all in the Third World face.

    * See the Joseph Stiglitz articles in Vanity Fair:


  5. fj says:

    This is great and it is not difficult to imagine that the growth rates will be much larger.

    It is very difficult to understand the short-sightedness of financial, fossil fuel, and other climate reticent industries continuing business as usual while the great transition will provide growth opportunities likely beyond our wildest dreams especially for cash rich mature industries that can put tremendous resources on the table for development efforts in many cases, likely valued in tens of trillions of dollars.

  6. Chris Winter says:

    Yes, I have to put Bill Gates in the “good” column, and I have not been much of a fan of his while he headed Microsoft. At the risk of a pushback, I may say I also put George Soros in that column.

    And thanks for the links to the two articles by Dr. Stiglitz. Both are excellent. Sadly, the majority of comments to the former, “The Price of Inequality”, are just reflexive condemnations of his entire position. (The other has no comments.) What he says is to me nova-bright obviousness. It boggles my mind that so many just don’t get it.