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ID Job Hunting Tip: Look for the Green

June 11, 2009

Boise, ID – More than 4,000 clean energy jobs have been created in Idaho since 1998, and thousands more are on the way, according to a new report. The report, from The Pew Charitable Trusts, provides the status of the clean energy economy and predicts its potential.

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environment Group, says this is the first time actual jobs have been counted, and the study documented job growth even during the recession. And more good news – she says state laws and policies either in place, or in process, will grow the green energy sector further - especially wind power.

"There's a real future for good, well-paying jobs for workers of all skill sets across America if we just make the right investments."

Including, she says, engineers, construction workers, teachers and administrative assistants, with salaries ranging from $21,000 to $111,000 a year.

Idaho is home to more than 400 clean energy businesses and has seen $28 million in clean tech investments by venture capitalists, adds Cuttino.

"Now, we have a definition of a job that exists in the clean energy economy, and for the first time, we have an actual count of every supply-side clean energy job."

Critics of previous reports on how a clean energy economy could lead to job growth and business investments pointed to flaws in formulas used to make estimates. This report counted actual jobs and investments. Nationally, jobs in the clean energy economy grew at a rate of about nine percent from 1998 to 2007, while total jobs grew at less than half that rate.

The full report, The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America, can be viewed online at www.pewtrusts.org.



Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID