The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), building off of last year's first annual report, finds that the four energy sectors of the economy, defined as Electric Power Generation and Fuels; Transmission, Distribution, and Storage; Energy Efficiency; and Motor Vehicles today employ more than 6.4 million Americans. Just under 374,000 individuals work, in whole or in part, for solar firms, with more than 260,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar. There are an additional 102,000 workers employed at wind firms across the nation. The solar workforce increased by 25% in 2016, while wind employment increased by 32%.
The National Solar Jobs Census is the first and most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research, serving a critical role in understanding the impact of solar energy development in the United States. Annual updates to the figures in the reports below capture a snapshot of the rapidly growing workforce. First conducted in 2010, the National Solar Jobs Census uses a rigorous, dual methodology to derive total solar employment figures, as well as important insights as reported by the thousands of employers who participate in data collection. As of November 2016, the solar industry employs over 260,000 solar workers.
Focusing exclusively on the energy efficiency sector, the December 2016 report by Environmental Entrepreneurs and E4TheFuture highlights top states (with some surprises). It includes detailed state fact sheets and city, county, legislative and congressional district level specifics – data not available previously. Job numbers and types reported are based on 2015 data. “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America” analysis finds that energy efficiency is one of the nation’s biggest job sectors, employing more than 1.9 million Americans. Small business employs the vast majority of workers.
At nearly 48,000 workers, advanced energy employs nearly twice as many people in Indiana as colleges and universities, more than machinery manufacturing, and approaching auto parts manufacturing. The advanced energy industry now supports one out of every 50 workers in Indiana and is expected to grow 2% by the end of 2016, with employers adding more over 900 new jobs by yearend. These are some of the findings of this report from Indiana AEE—the first study of advanced energy employment in the Hoosier State, prepared by BW Research Partnership, a leading workforce and economic development research firm.
The 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report – an annual accounting of the sector’s activity – shows the clean energy sector continues to report sustained growth, expanding to more than 105,000 jobs between 2015 and 2016. The industry contributes $11.8 billion to Massachusetts’ Gross State Product and represents a 2.5 percent share of the entire Massachusetts economy. This robust economy grew 6 percent -- $810 million -- over the previous year since the 2015 report and by 75 percent – or 45,000 more workers – since 2010.
At just over 140,000 workers, advanced energy employs nearly twice as many Floridians as agriculture, more than real estate, and equal to schools, colleges, and training institutions. The advanced energy industry now supports 2% of statewide employment and is expected to grow almost 4% by the end of 2016, with employers adding more than 5,000 new jobs by yearend. These are some of the results drawn from this AEE Institute report—the first study of advanced energy employment in the Sunshine State, prepared by BW Research Partnership, a leading workforce and economic development research firm.
The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA) published its 2016 S.C. Clean Energy Industry Census. The Census concludes that 350 clean energy firms provide more than 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) and generate more than $3.8 billion in annual gross revenues for the state of South Carolina. Clean energy annual gross revenue in the state increased 41%--$2.7 billion in 2015 to $3.8 billion in 2016.
Vermonters engaged in the clean energy industry has grown by nearly 20% since the baseline was collected in 2013. The 2016 survey identified over 17,700 clean energy workers, up more than 1,400 employees over 2015. These 17,700 workers represent 6% of the State’s workforce, up from 4.8% last year and 4.3% in 2014. This year’s report shows continued growth, particularly in renewable energy, where RE firms added another 1,800 new workers to payrolls. Given some of the uncertainties in the policy environment and challenges with the broader energy markets in which many businesses operate, we are pleased to see continued growth among the state’s clean energy businesses.
At just over 500,000 workers, advanced energy employs three times as many Californians as the motion picture, TV, and radio industry; more than agriculture, forestry, and fishing; and approaching construction. With one in every five advanced energy workers nationwide, California has the largest advanced energy industry by employment of any state in the country. Employment in California’s advanced energy industry grew 18% last year, six times the rate of statewide employment growth. Employers engaged in advanced energy business also expect to increase their workforce by 8% this year.
The 2016 Clean Energy Jobs Report shows that growth in sector employment has outpaced initial expectations. Clean energy employment increased by 40 percent over 2015 levels and now accounts for nearly 14,000 jobs across Rhode Island. These workers and their employers are engaged in a diverse and dynamic range of activities and technologies that include energy efficiency, renewable generation, renewable heating and cooling, and alternative transportation. This remarkable growth suggests that clean energy technologies are catalysts for new job creation, but also are transforming and providing new streams of revenue for traditional industry sectors, such as the building trades.
At just over 143,000 workers, advanced energy employs twice as many Texans as airlines, more than chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining, and nearly as many as building construction. The advanced energy industry now supports just over 1% of statewide employment and is expected to grow 7% by the end of 2016, with employers adding 9,334 new jobs by the end of the year. These are some of the results drawn from a new national Energy Employment Index, produced by BW Research Partnership, a leading workforce and economic development research firm. Advanced Energy Jobs in Texas 2016, prepared by BW Research for TAEBA, is the first report on the size of advanced energy employment in the Lone Star State.
The 2017 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.
Quick facts: In 2016, consumers devoted less than 4% of their total annual household spending to energy, the smallest share ever recorded. American energy productivity has increased by 10% from 2011 to 2016. Natural gas and renewable energy generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2016, up from 38% in 2011. Renewable energy is a prominent part (22%) of the U.S. 2016 power fleet, with 244GW installed capacity across the country, a 83% increase over 2007 levels.