Export dollars per job in the clean economy are almost double those in the broader economy. Median wages are nearly 20% higher.
James Dixon, chairman of the National Association of Energy Service Companies, has a good op-ed in Politico on clean energy jobs.
Recent news reports might have you believe the rise of the clean energy economy is a myth. Not true. Just look at energy efficiency’s economic impact. Since 1990, the energy service industry has provided $50 billion in energy savings, $25 billion in public infrastructure improvements and created roughly 330,000 jobs.
Energy efficiency is an economic winner. This is not wishful thinking – it’s based on actual market experience.
I have seen how energy efficiency, a key component of our expanding clean and green economy, saves taxpayers billions of dollars, creates U.S. jobs and sparks the kind of energy innovations America needs.
Climate Progress has long argued that “Energy Efficiency Must Have a Starring Role in Putting America Back to Work.” If we retrofitted just 40% of the nation’s residential and commercial building stock, we would mobilize a massive amount of domestic labor, more than half a million (625,000) sustained full-time jobs over a decade. This would generate as much as $64 billion per year in cost savings.
Dixon is a vice president for Con Edison Energy. He is actually recommending a much more modest effort, one backed by the Chamber of Commerce of all places: