Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs
Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Just in time for Labor Day, the growth in solar, wind, biofuel, energy efficiency and smart transportation jobs are detailed on a new website that is the most comprehensive compilation of clean energy jobs information of its kind: Clean Energy Works for US (www.cleanenergyworksforus.org).
Cleanenergyworksforus.org includes more than 500 clean energy and clean transportation job announcements taken from company announcements, media reports and other sources that E2 has tracked since September 2011. The site also includes more than 50 stories, 20 videos and state-specific statistics that put a face on clean energy job growth in America.
“With Labor Day upon us and the country focused on jobs and the economy, clean energy and clean transportation projects continue to create jobs and drive economic growth from one end of the country to the other,” said E2 Executive Director Judith Albert.
The Q2 2013 clean jobs total number is slightly higher than the 37,400 jobs that E2 tracked in the comparable quarter in 2012. For the first time, both Hawaii and Alaska ranked in the top 10 states to announce clean energy projects in the second quarter of 2013.
Two newcomers were among the top five states for clean energy jobs announcements in the second quarter. Hawaii ranked second in total clean energy and clean transportation jobs announced, while Maryland came in third place with the announcement of a $2.6 billion, 20-station, and 14-mile expansion to the Baltimore light-rail system's Red Line. The project will reduce carbon pollution as well as traffic, and will require more than 4,200 construction workers to lay new tracks and build new stations by 2021.
In another first for a quarterly E2 report, Kansas and Missouri each made the Top 10 list of states to announce clean energy projects. Leading the way, Clean Line Energy Partners LLC announced the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission line upgrade project that will transmit more than 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Kansas and Missouri to other states. The $2 billion project is scheduled for completion by 2018 and is expected to create 5,500 jobs to plan, construct and manage the new line.
California again ranked No.1 in total job announcements. The state led the way with 12 clean energy and clean transportation projects that could cumulatively create more than 9,000 jobs.
The full Q2 clean energy jobs report is available at www.cleanenergyworksforus.org.
“Clean energy jobs are alive, well and growing," Albert said. "Smart policies like renewable energy standards at the state level, coupled with federal policies like President Obama's climate change initiative, promise to keep that growth going.”
Other highlights from E2's latest report:
- Solar generation projects accounted for more than 10,400 jobs announced in Q2. Solar jobs grew nationwide, from California to North Carolina.
- Clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in both Republican and Democratic congressional districts across the country in the second quarter.
- In Hawaii, a project to improve energy efficiency at government buildings will reduce the state's energy expenses while creating an estimated 5,000 jobs. In Alaska, a weatherization project sponsored by the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is projected to create more than 600 jobs.
- In Indiana's 6th congressional district, represented by Luke Messer (R), nearly 300 jobs could be created in Muncie by DD Dannar LLC, which is building a new type of hybrid-powered heavy-duty vehicle.
- In Nevada's 3rd congressional district, represented by Joseph Heck (R), a new battery plant opened by the company K2 is expected to add 200 jobs in Henderson; while a new 350- MW solar-photovoltaic generation plant capable of powering 105,000 homes will create as many as 370 construction, operation and maintenance jobs.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of individual business leaders who advocate for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity. Learn more at www.e2.org.
Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Washington, D.C.
Carbon dioxide removal revenues worth £2bn a year by 2030
Carbon dioxide removal revenues could reach £2bn a year by 2030 in the UK with costs per megatonne totalling up to £400 million, according to the National Infrastructure Commission.
Engineered greenhouse gas removals will become "a major new infrastructure sector" in the coming decades - although costs are uncertain given removal technologies are in their infancy - and revenues could match that of the UK’s water sector by 2050. The Commission’s analysis suggests engineered removals technologies need to have capacity to remove five to ten megatonnes of carbon dioxide no later than 2030, and between 40 and 100 megatonnes by 2050.
The Commission states technologies fit into two categories: extracting carbon dioxide directly out of the air; and bioenergy with carbon capture technology – processing biomass to recapture carbon dioxide absorbed as the fuel grew. In both cases, the captured CO2 is then stored permanently out of the atmosphere, typically under the seabed.
The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources that don’t currently have a decarbonisation solution, like aviation and agriculture.
It stresses that the potential of these technologies is “not an excuse to delay necessary action elsewhere” and cannot replace efforts to reduce emissions from sectors like road transport or power, where removals would be a more expensive alternative.
The critical role these technologies will play in meeting climate targets means government must rapidly kick start the sector so that it becomes viable by the 2030s, according to the report, which was commissioned by government in November 2020.
Early movement by the UK to develop the expertise and capacity in greenhouse gas removal technologies could create a comparative advantage, with the prospect of other countries needing to procure the knowledge and skills the UK develops.
The Commission recommends that government should support the development of this new sector in the short term with policies that drive delivery of these technologies and create demand through obligations on polluting industries, which will over time enable a competitive market to develop. Robust independent regulation must also be put in place from the start to help build public and investor confidence.
While the burden of these costs could be shared by different parts of industries required to pay for removals or in part shared with government, the report acknowledges that, over the longer term, the aim should be to have polluting sectors pay for removals they need to reach carbon targets.
Polluting industries are likely to pass a proportion of the costs onto consumers. While those with bigger household expenditures will pay more than those on lower incomes, the report underlines that government will need to identify ways of protecting vulnerable consumers and to decide where in relevant industry supply chains the costs should fall.
Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, said taking steps to clean our air is something we’re going to have to get used to, just as we already manage our wastewater and household refuse.
"While engineered removals will not be everyone’s favourite device in the toolkit, they are there for the hardest jobs. And in the overall project of mitigating our impact on the planet for the sake of generations to come, we need every tool we can find," he said.
“But to get close to having the sector operating where and when we need it to, the government needs to get ahead of the game now. The adaptive approach to market building we recommend will create the best environment for emerging technologies to develop quickly and show their worth, avoiding the need for government to pick winners. We know from the dramatic fall in the cost of renewables that this approach works and we must apply the lessons learned to this novel, but necessary, technology.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and International Energy Agency estimate a global capacity for engineered removals of 2,000 to 16,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide each year by 2050 will be needed in order to meet global reduction targets.
Yesterday Summit Carbon Solutions received "a strategic investment" from John Deere to advance a major CCUS project (click here). The project will accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel. Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the Midwest United States to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions.
Cory Reed, President, Agriculture & Turf Division of John Deere, said: "Carbon neutral ethanol would have a positive impact on the environment and bolster the long-term sustainability of the agriculture industry. The work Summit Carbon Solutions is doing will be critical in delivering on these goals."
McKinsey highlights a number of CCUS methods which can drive CO2 to net zero:
- Today’s leader: Enhanced oil recovery Among CO2 uses by industry, enhanced oil recovery leads the field. It accounts for around 90 percent of all CO2 usage today
- Cementing in CO2 for the ages New processes could lock up CO2 permanently in concrete, “storing” CO2 in buildings, sidewalks, or anywhere else concrete is used
- Carbon neutral fuel for jets Technically, CO2 could be used to create virtually any type of fuel. Through a chemical reaction, CO2 captured from industry can be combined with hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel
- Capturing CO2 from ambient air - anywhere Direct air capture (DAC) could push CO2 emissions into negative territory in a big way
- The biomass-energy cycle: CO2 neutral or even negative Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage relies on nature to remove CO2 from the atmosphere for use elsewhere