Nevada’s Post-COVID Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

At the beginning of 2020, nearly 34,000 Nevadans worked in clean energy, representing after the sector had grown by nearly 40% since 2017. Fifty-five percent of all energy sector jobs, in fact, were in clean energy along with about 2.5% of the statewide workforce.

But the global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis it caused upended Nevada’s clean energy industry starting in March 2020—throwing off projected growth and shedding jobs throughout the state. But despite the year-long setback, the state’s best bet for a quicker recovery and stronger long-term growth is to double-down on America’s clean energy transition under the Biden administration.

Clean Jobs Nevada 2020 details the size, scope, and diversity of this vital employment sector in Nevada, the challenges it is currently facing due to the pandemic, and the promise that strategic policy direction and stimulus investments in clean energy hold to drive a durable and sustainable recovery for Nevada’s economy.

While federal action is critical to a swift recovery across the nation, Nevada State policymakers have a central role to play as well. By staying the course on implementing existing and new clean energy policy, as described in Nevada’s State Climate Strategy, the state can deliver tremendous job creation. To ensure continued recovery in the years to come, state lawmakers should adopt policies in 2021 to drive investment and job growth in the clean energy economy, including but not limited to a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) and advanced clean truck standards, adding more renewable sources for electricity and increasing energy efficiency targets for the building sector. If well-designed, these and other policies have the potential to leverage Nevada’s clean energy economy as an engine for broader economic recovery.

A BIGGER PICTURE

This report focuses solely on the energy sector of the economy and does not include jobs in retail trade, repair services, water or waste management, and indirect employment or induced employment.

NEVADA CLEAN ENERGY EMPLOYMENT Q4 2019

  • Energy Efficiency – 11,988 jobs
  • Renewable Energy – 11,265
  • Solar Energy – 10,101
  • Energy Storage – 8,634
  • Clean Vehicles – 1,299
  • Grid Modernization – 465
  • Clean Fuels – 138
  • Wind Energy – 124
  • ALL Clean Energy Sectors – 33,788 jobs

OTHER FINDINGS

  • Small businesses are the backbone of Nevada’s clean energy economy. Nearly three out of every five (58%) clean energy workers were employed at companies with fewer than 20 employees;
  • 17% of construction jobs in Nevada were in clean energy occupations, from solar installers and site workers to electricians, HVAC technicians, lighting technicians, carpenters and others who work in energy efficiency;
  • Nevada ranked tenth in the country for clean energy unionization, with 9% of clean energy workers part of a union – behind only Washington, California, and Oregon in the West and well above the nation’s economywide average;
  • More than four in ten Nevada clean energy workers were of non-white or Hispanic ethnicity in 2019;
  • Clean energy accounts for 55% of all energy sector jobs in Nevada, and seven times more jobs than fossil fuels in the state;
  • Rural areas in Nevada are home to more than 1,300 of the state’s clean energy jobs.

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This report follows E2’s Clean Jobs America analysis which found the clean energy jobs account for nearly 3.3 million jobs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Both reports expand on data from the U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), using data collected and analyzed by the BW Research Partnership. E2 is a partner on the USEER, the fifth installment of the energy survey first released by the Department of Energy in 2016.

If you are looking for additional insight into E2’s Clean Jobs Nevada 2019 or our other Clean Jobs America reports, visit e2.org/reports. You can also contact E2 Communications Director Michael Timberlake (mtimberlake@e2.org). An FAQ is also available here to answer any questions.

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