New Mexico’s clean energy workforce added 713 new workers in 2022, for a total of 12,686 clean energy jobs, growing 6 percent, the fifth fastest-growing state for clean energy jobs, and adding jobs at a much faster rate than the state’s overall employment, which grew 3.2 percent. Most of the workforce were in the construction and professional services industries, accounting for 6,203 jobs and 3,752 jobs respectively. In 2022, clean energy accounted for one out of every five energy jobs. The top two New Mexico counties for the most clean energy jobs in the state: Bernalillo County (6,285 jobs) and Santa Fe (1,084 jobs).
- RENEWABLE GENERATION: Renewable generation grew 4.8 percent in 2022, bringing New Mexico’s renewable generation workforce to 4,723 individuals. Solar and wind account for the majority of the sector’s workforce with 3,323 jobs and 1,109 jobs respectively.
- ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency is New Mexico’s largest clean energy sector with 6,059 workers. The sector grew 6.1 percent in 2022, the second fastest growing energy efficiency workforce in the nation.
- STORAGE AND GRID MODERNIZATION: Jobs in battery, storage, and grid modernization grew 8.2 percent in 2022, making the sector the second fastest growing clean energy sector in the state behind clean fuels (biofuels). New Mexico’s storage and grid modernization workforce totaled 773 in 2022.
- CLEAN VEHICLES: The clean vehicles, growing 7.5 percent in 2022 to employ a total of 983 workers. The sector grew much faster than the gas/diesel vehicles sector in the state, which shrank 0.5 percent in 2022.
- BIOFUELS: New Mexico’s biofuels workforce sector has the fastest growing workforce in New Mexico’s clean energy industry, growing 18.1 percent in 2022. However, it makes up the smallest clean energy sector in the state with 147 total jobs.
This is the third annual Clean Jobs New Mexico report produced by E2 based on analysis of the 2023 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), which was first released by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2016. E2 was an original proponent of the DOE producing the USEER and was a partner on the reports produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) after the Trump administration abandoned it in 2017. For methodology questions, see pages 201-206 of the 2023 USEER.
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