Texas Leads the Way in Green Job Creation
The national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its latest quarterly clean energy jobs report, showing that nearly 10,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced nationwide between April and June. Texas was the top state with more than 2,160 jobs, most of which were tied to solar and wind projects.
The report comes on the heels of President Obama’s cross-country trip to highlight the dangers of and solutions to climate change. “States across the country are realizing that clean energy doesn’t just mean clean air and water, it also means good-paying jobs,” says Bob Keefe, E2 executive director. “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.”
States that take action to meet the plan can be expected to create more jobs and drive economic growth, the report notes. John Spicer, founder of Texas only 100 percent wind energy electric provider, says, “Texas has been and is a great state for wind energy development owing to the fact that Texas is the number one state in wind capacity. I expect that Texas will continue to be the number one state for renewable energy jobs for years to come.” According to the American Wind Energy Association, Texas installed wind capacity will increase by 40 percent when projects under construction are completed.
For more information, see e2.org.