Top 10 states for renewable energy jobs
Companies and communities across the United States announced more than 80 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the third quarter of this year that together could create more than 15,000 jobs, according to a report released by the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
The report includes announcements from 30 states in industries ranging from solar power generation to recycling to clean-energy related manufacturing and biofuels. The top sectors were renewable power generation, with 6,700 jobs announced, and manufacturing, with 3,300 jobs announced.
The report shows strength in industries that benefit from strong state-level renewable energy policies. However, the scheduled sunset of an important federal policy in the wind industry is slowing job growth in that sector.
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“Clean energy continues to put Americans to work,” said Judith Albert, E2’s executive director.
California and Nevada led the country for clean energy and clean transportation job announcements, and several Southeastern states – including South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida – were among the Top 10 states for job announcements tracked by E2.
“Clean energy and clean transportation jobs aren’t limited by geography or politics,” Albert said.
While there were positive developments in states like Nevada – which thanks to a strong state-level renewable energy policy had five solar announcements – E2’s latest job announcement tally shows continued problems nationwide in the wind industry, which is bracing for the scheduled expiration of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of this year.
“Clean energy policies have a real impact on workers across the country,” Albert said.
Despite federal level policies that are holding back growth, some state renewable energy policies are having a positive jobs impact, the report found.
In fact, of the top five states for job announcements in the third quarter, only Texas does not currently have a statewide renewables procurement standard on the books. The top five states were: California (2,467 jobs announced), Nevada (2,081), New York (1,807), Michigan (1,100) and Texas (774).
E2 has tracked clean energy and clean transportation jobs since November 2011. The 15,000-plus jobs E2 tracked this quarter are considerably more than the corresponding quarter in 2012, when 10,800 jobs were announced.
Some of this difference may be attributed to E2 tracking recycling announcements for the first time. More than 1,300 jobs were announced in the recycling sector, many in Southern states that had not previously posted large quarterly job announcement numbers.
Details from each of the job announcements included in this report can be found at www.cleanenergyworksforus.org.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.