Energy sector employment added 133,000 net new jobs in 2017, despite losses in the solar industry due to a reduction in installations between 2016 and 2017.
“Solar jobs declined for the first time since 2010, but other low-emissions forms of electric generation—wind, combined heat and power, geothermal, low-impact hydro, advanced low-emissions natural gas—all grew,” said David Foster, lead author of a report released May 16.
Energy efficiency employed 2.25 million Americans in 2017 in full-time and part-time positions. These include the design, installation, and manufacturing of energy efficiency products, and saw a net growth of 3 percent or 67,000...
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(Updated to include additional quotes from Sen. Maria Cantwell and the Energy Futures Initiative. Notes that Energy Department did not respond for comment. Corrects energy storage jobs which added 6,000 positions.)