Pennsylvania’s Key To Economic Recovery

In 2019, clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania increased for the seventh straight year since E2 began releasing annual clean energy jobs reports in the state, growing to nearly 94,000 workers statewide before the effects of the coronavirus outbreak impacted the nation’s economy. A regional and national leader in clean energy jobs, Pennsylvania ranked just outside the top ten (11th) for total clean energy jobs among all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the third year in a row. Since 2017, the state has added more new jobs (8,253) than six of the current top ten states and now trails No. 10 Virginia by fewer than 3,500 workers.

Despite its large workforce size, recent years of strong growth and consistent high performance across clean technologies, Pennsylvania’s clean economy is underperforming its potential, as the state’s clean energy workforce still makes up a lower share of total statewide jobs than the national average. Growth in recent years has been driven primarily by energy efficiency, solar energy, and grid modernization—high growth areas for the future that will be important as the state’s economy faces its toughest test as the nation reels and rebuilds after the impact of COVID-19 economic shutdowns.

E2, the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), the Green Building Alliance (GBA), Green Building United, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2020 details the size, scope, and diversity of this important employment sector, the troubles it is currently facing due to the pandemic, and how focusing recovery policies on clean energy can get struggling Pennsylvania workers and businesses back on track and the state’s economy up and running again for the long run.

INDUSTRY JOB TOPLINES | Q4 2019

  • Energy Efficiency – 71,443 jobs
  • Renewable Energy – 9,744 jobs
    • Solar Energy – 5,173 jobs
    • Wind Energy – 2,937 jobs
  • Clean Vehicles – 7,541 jobs
  • Clean Storage – 1,770  jobs
  • Grid Modernization – 1,929  jobs
  • Clean Fuels – 1,436 jobs
  • ALL Clean Energy Sectors – 93,861 jobs

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The analysis expands on data from the 2020 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. The report was released in March 2020and is available at www.usenergyjobs.org. E2 is a partner on the USEER, the fourth installment of the energy survey first released by the Department of Energy in 2016 and subsequently abandoned under the Trump administration. Clean energy jobs have grown every year since the first report was released in 2016.

If you are looking for additional insight into E2’s Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2020 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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Clean Jobs Pennsylvania 2020 is the 5th statewide clean energy jobs report from E2. Previous reports can be accessed in the below links.

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