Renewable Energy

Renewables, efficiency dominate job growth in energy sector

Job growth in different energy sectors mirrors the evolution of the nation’s power mix.
Credit: Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The DOE’s findings in its second annual jobs report underscores the evolution in the power sector as utilities shift from traditional power generation sources such as coal and nuclear toward natural gas, efficiency and renewable energy.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the renewable energy sector reported the biggest job growth as more utilities — backed by state policymakers and regulators — invested more in wind and solar to meet emissions rules, renewable energy laws, and growing consumer demand for clean energy.

‘These shifts in electric generation source are mirrored in the sector’s changing employment profile, as the share of natural gas, solar, and wind workers increases, while coal mining and other related employment is declining,’ the report noted.”

— Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive

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