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Report: Clean Energy Job Growth Beats Conventional Job Growth in ND

June 11, 2009

Washington D.C. – Just how big is the "clean, green" economy, and how fast is it growing? A new study indicates that, for the last decade, the percentage of clean energy jobs in the United States has grown by more than 9 percent - and, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts, that's twice the national average for conventional job growth.

Pew researchers spent nearly a year determining which jobs could be considered part of the fledgling "clean energy economy." Then, they counted them. In North Dakota, green jobs account for more than 2000 new positions since 1998 and, says Lori Grange with The Pew Center on the States, it's a facet of the workforce that's really taking off.

"Jobs in this sector have grown 30 percent between 1998 and 2007, and that's three times the rate of growth of jobs in the state overall."

Phyllis Cuttino, who directs the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for The Pew Environment Group, says in the past, it was hard to tell which jobs really were "green" jobs. They settled on five areas to examine: new energy technology and production, energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases, conservation and recycling.

"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."

She stresses that, for this report, only actual jobs and venture capital investments were included. Critics of previous reports on similar topics had pointed to flaws in formulas used to make estimates.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND