The new USEER report is out, and the results for clean energy are somewhat mixed with strong growth in sectors like energy storage and declines in solar jobs. The 2019 USEER report was produced by a joint effort between between the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI is headed by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). Many other organizations and individuals contribute to the annual report, including Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), which will use the report as the data backbone for its forthcoming Clean Jobs America reports, which break down clean energy jobs in specific states and regions across the U.S.
The USEER report highlights jobs data across the range of 53 technologies and seven energy sectors, from utilities to fuels and from wind power to energy efficiency and everything in-between. We encourage readers to check out the full report, or at least the key findings (pages 2-7). Here are a few data points of note:
-Battery storage added over 9,500 new jobs for an 18% growth rate in 2018.
-There were an additional 111,000 workers employed at wind energy firms across the nation in 2018, an increase of 3.5 percent or 3,700 jobs.
-Solar employment declined for the second year in a row despite adding an additional 11.06 gigawatts of capacity. The number of employees who spend the majority of their time on solar declined by 3.2% or more than 8,000 jobs to 242,300 in 2018. A major factor in this decline is the Trump administra