Clean Jobs Rising: New Report Finds Over 110,000 Jobs Announced In 2012

A new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), flagged this past week by the San Antonio Business Journal, found that over 110,000 new clean energy jobs were announced in 2012. The group tracked over 300 project announcements across multiple sectors and in every region of the country.

A few of the noteworthy 2012 trends in E2’s report include:

  • Public transportation drove clean job growth nationwide, clocking in at over 43,000 jobs over the course of the year. Power generation, most of which came from solar, wind, and geothermal, came in second with more than 30,000 jobs.
  • Solar power was a strong and steady job creator throughout the year, and especially in the fourth quarter, providing over 19,000 jobs between the manufacturing and power generation sectors.
  • Investment in energy efficiency hit a record high of $5.6 billion in 2012, according to E2’s analysis of government data, thanks to the announcement of as many as 9,000 new jobs.
  • Uncertainty over the production tax credit hit wind energy, leading to a decline in job creation announcements in the fourth quarter, even as capacity installation ramped up at the end of the year to get in under the anticipated expiration. But now that the “fiscal cliff” deal has extended the credit for another year, 2013 expectations show wind energy regaining some of its momentum.

State-wise, California dominated 2012 with 26,354 jobs announced, and North Carolina came in second with 10,867 jobs. The latter state lead the way at years’s end, however, announcing 7,610 of its total jobs in the fourth quarter — over 6,000 more than any other state. Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona, New York, Michigan, Texas, and Oregon rounded out the rest of the top ten states for clean energy job creation, in that order.

In March of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced a definition of green jobs, along with a survey finding that 3.1 million jobs were associated with the production of green jobs and services in the American economy in 2010.

It appears E2’s report was compiled from media announcements, so it’s not clear how closely their definition of “clean energy jobs” sticks to the BLS’ definition of green jobs. However, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) recently broke down the implications of the BLS survey, and determined that greener industries actually grow faster than the overall economy: For every increase of one percentage point in the share of green jobs that made up an industry’s employment — or its “green intensity” — overall employment in that industry increases 0.034 percentage points higher

On top of that, green jobs are also accessible to workers without a college degree: For every one percentage point increase in an industry’s green intensity, the share of its jobs held by workers without a four-year college degree increased by a corresponding 0.28 percent. Finally, EPI also found that states with higher green intensity generally weathered the post-2008 downturn better than other states.

15 Responses to Clean Jobs Rising: New Report Finds Over 110,000 Jobs Announced In 2012

  1. Endofmore says:

    The industrial jobs ‘created’ over the last 100 years were directly as a result of USING energy (cars, roadbuilding ships and so on)
    The jobs involved in the renewables industry are being created by the PRODUCTION of energy
    These are not the same sort of jobs/
    To get a better concept of this, imagine the focus of our employment being the acquisition of oil coal and gas, rather than the business of using it.
    We are having to work harder and harder to obtain less and less energy from our resources. When we reach parity, out civilisation is at and end

  2. fj says:

    Transitioning to net zero transit would provide a huge amount of jobs designing and building new vehicles with ongoing advancements and infrastructures and restoring environments destroyed by cars.

  3. fj says:

    With more destructive storms like Sandy Restorations to homes must include combined net zero energy and hazard mitigation retrofits.

    Advanced data capture and retrofit planning using CAD/CSM etc would expedite these needed adaptation and mitigation necessities.

  4. Merrelyn Emery says:

    This progress has been achieved with only a minimum of stimulus – imagine what could be achieved if everybody made a serious effort, ME

  5. fj says:

    Absolutely, it is long overdue that resources are appropiated to climate change at scale.

    NYC Rapid Repairs was a good start but there is a huge amount of room for improvement and elimination of waste.

  6. fj says:

    Obama has to get moving.

    The advocacy such as must make this public knowledge so thst they can tell The President and main stream media that he has been negligent in response go the acceletating crisis.

    Do not let up.

  7. fj says:

    People in flood zones and even the ones who are not currently in flood zones must be made aware of the financial risk they are in, what they must do to minimize it, and what they must tell The President to do using emergency leadership.

  8. Endofmore says:

    Taking the destructive impact of sandy demonstrates my point
    Sandy caused $50bn of damage, so more than$50 bn worth of energy has to be burned in order to rebuild the damaged infrastructure.
    Machinery has to be used because it cannot be done with human muscle alone
    As energy gets more and more expensive, and thus scarcer, it will not be available to be used to rebuild,
    we will arrive at the point where whatever nature knocks down stays down
    every effort to minimize risk is in effect an attempt to keep chaos away from our doorsteps, unfortunately we cannot do that without expending stiff more energy by using machinery of one sort or another.
    “Telling the President” isn’t going to change anything. Mankind has built cities for millions of people precisely in the most vulnerable places on earth–that maximised commercial profit (ports and so on) The President can’t move cities, and there just isn’t enough energy available in our system to protect them, and ’emergency powers” isnt going to put it there.
    Burning fuel built our cities, (every building represents embodied energy) but it also heated our atmosphere. That raised sea levels which in turn will wipe out those cities. Sorry to point out the obvious, but there it is.

  9. Joan Savage says:

    These clean jobs’ numbers have to be at our fingertips and on our lips every time some oil industry flack trots out the “20,000 jobs” claim for the Keystone XL pipeline.

    26,354 new jobs in California alone in 2012 is a quick rejoinder.

  10. Joan Savage says:

    And then add, sweetly, “Overall, ‘110,000 new clean energy jobs were announced in 2012.'”

  11. Camburn says:

    Great news isn’t it?

    Now that this area of the economy is stable, we can start to reduce and eliminate the tax credits/subsidies to a mature industry.

  12. SecularAnimist says:

    Let’s eliminate the tax credits and subsidies to your employers in the fossil fuel corporations first.

    Given the record-shattering hundreds of billions of dollars in profit they are raking in, I think they are “mature” enough to do without the massive subsidies they’ve been receiving for over a century — don’t you?

  13. Addicted says:

    The rapid addition of jobs by almost by definition means the industry is not mature, but instead is growing rapidly. And the number of jobs added tells you little to nothing about the stability of the industry (e.g., prior to 2000 Internet firms were adding jobs at a tremendous clip. And you would be the toll calling it a stable industry).

    I know you are just trolling with nonsense, and you know it too, but I couldn’t let this pass this time.

  14. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Yes. Renewable Energy creates more jobs both technical and non-technical.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Still tapping away, I see, Catbum. One day, in an aeon or so, you might, incidentally, produce an observation of some, trifling, merit. Well, possibly.