Unless you’ve succumbed to the hermit lifestyle, you’re probably well aware of the mass shedding of jobs from oil and gas companies as global crude prices continue to sink. But where oil and gas jobs waver, clean energy jobs thrive, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2– a self-described national nonpartisan business group.
The group found that the clean energy and transportation sector announced nearly 10,500 jobs across the county between April and June. These jobs were dispersed among nearly 40 projects in 22 states.
While this total is higher than that of the first quarter, it still lags behind last year’s second quarter. Solar energy reigns as the top clean energy sector for jobs thanks to low material costs, announcing nearly 6,500 new jobs. Wind energy ranks with 2,800 newly-announced jobs, followed by advanced vehicles with 450 job announces and advanced biofuels with 200.
The release of the report coincides with President Obama’s three-week tour of the U.S. wherein he will discuss the detriments of and possible solutions to climate change.
“States across the county are realizing that clean energy doesn’t just mean clean air and water—it also means good-paying jobs,” said E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe. “The sun doesn’t just shine on Texas, and California doesn’t have a monopoly on energy efficiency. With the federal Clean Power Plan as a road map, there’s no reason every state in America shouldn’t be adding more clean energy—and the jobs that come with it.”
Texas, an American oil and gas titan, also dominates the clean energy sector with more than 2,160 jobs in solar and wind energy. Nevada followed in a close second with 1,900 new jobs, all of which link to Dry Lake Energy Zone. California came in third with nearly 1,200 new clean energy jobs, and Utah in fourth place with about 800.
Among the other top ten states for clean energy jobs, Colorado ranked number eight with 400 new jobs. The state’s wind farms are predicted to generate enough electricity for nearly 100,000 homes.
“As a business owner who has developed utility-scale wind projects throughout Colorado, I’m not at all surprised that our state ranks near the top of the list in clean energy jobs,” said Michael Rucker, president of Boulder-based wind energy company Harvest Energy Services. “We have smart state policies already on the books, a governor who understands the importance of clean energy to our economy and environment, and a growing, well-trained clean energy workforce.”