New clean-energy jobs decline in 1Q
Last Updated: 15:08 May 22, 2014
E2, as it is called, is an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental action organization based in Washington, D.C.
The report, which tracks major projects, attributed the decline to Congressional inaction on key clean-energy tax policies, coupled with attacks on state renewable-energy programs.
A major geothermal project in Idaho accounted for the most clean-energy jobs announced on the state level in the first quarter.
Idaho, which generated 802 new clean-energy jobs in the quarter, according to the report, was followed in the Top 10 by Texas, 791 new jobs; California, 660; Missouri, 449; New York, 435; Kansas, 355; Arizona, 342; Hawaii, 340; New Mexico, 328; and Louisiana, 300.
The last time Colorado cracked the Top 10 was in the second quarter of 2012. States that don’t make the list are not ranked.
Bob Keefe, executive director of E2, said his group tracked one project announcement in Colorado expected to create more than 200 jobs – the 150 megawatt Carousel Wind Farm project located in Kit Carson County on the I-70 corridor in East Central Colorado near Burlington.
Among industry sectors in the first quarter, there was a shift in the types of jobs announced in the solar industry in particular. While larger, utility-scale projects were drivers of job growth in previous quarters, the most recent report shows residential solar is gaining ground and putting people to work. Other major sectors like building efficiency and wind also experienced a slowdown in jobs creation.
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