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Clean Energy Creates Jobs

Clean energy and energy efficiency create full time, permanent, and temporary short-term employment opportunities, both from direct clean energy activities (e.g. building projects) and indirectly through economic multiplier effects (e.g. supply chain and ancillary services).

Clean Energy Job Facts:

  • High school graduates, with training, can have successful careers in clean energy equipment installation, manufacturing, or energy use assessments.49 percent of existing energy and resource efficiency jobs are held by employees with a high school diploma or less. The average wage is $49,000, about the national median and 75 percent of employees have middle-wage jobs (where wages fall within twenty percent of the national median).[1]
  • Those with higher-level degrees can contribute to market leadership through research, building businesses, and developing and managing projects.
  • In 2011, the U.S. had 3.4 million green jobs, and green jobs are growing four times faster than the rest of the job market.
  • According to the National Solar Jobs Census, in 2012, the U.S. solar industry grew by 13.2 percent to 119,000 jobs. That means 1 in 240 jobs created between November 2012 and 2013 was in the solar industry.
  • Every $1 million invested in wind or solar PV produces 5.7 job-years of employment, versus 3.9 job-years for coal power.[2]
  • A $1 million investment in a building energy efficiency improvement will initially support approximately 20 jobs throughout the economy. By comparison, a $1 million investment into the economy as a whole would only support 17 jobs.[3]
  • Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency requirement on electric utilities has the potential to create over 40,000 jobs.  Only minor adjustments to the existing law are needed to unlock greater job creation opportunities and cost savings for consumers that would exceed $1.6 billion annually.[4]
  •  Energy efficiency creates net gains in employment in two ways.

Energy efficiency investments create job opportunities for high efficiency equipment manufacturers and installers.

Energy cost savings achieved through energy efficiency investments can free up funds to support additional economic activity and employment throughout the economy.


                   American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Energy Efficiency and Economic Opportunity Fact-Sheet

                   Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Assessing the Multiple Benefits of Clean Energy, A Resource for States, EPA-430-R-11-014, Revised 2011

                   American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Energy Efficiency and Economic Opportunity Fact-Sheet

                   Optimal Energy, Inc., Pennsylvania 2013 – 2018 Energy Efficiency Goals, 2011.