E2 Report, September 23, 2020.
Pittsburgh (September 23, 2020) – Led by strong growth in solar energy, grid modernization, and energy efficiency, Pennsylvania added more than 3,000 net new clean energy jobs in 2019, continuing a years-long trend that made the state one of the fastest-growing for clean energy before the COVID-19 economic crisis, according to a new report from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), the Green Building Alliance (GBA), Green Building United, the Suitable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and Sustainable Pittsburgh.
93,900 Pennsylvanians worked in solar, wind, energy efficiency, grid modernization, energy storage, clean vehicles and other clean energy occupations at the end of 2019, according to the new report Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2020. That was up from 90,800 in 2018 and 85,600 in 2017, a rate (9.6%) nearly five times faster than statewide employment growth during that time (2.0%) and three times faster than fossil fuel. Employment in renewable energy industries grew 12% from 2017 to 2019 as jobs in natural gas declined 10% according to the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). Nationwide, Pennsylvania had the seventh fastest-growing clean energy sector from 2017-2019.
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