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Pew Report: TN is a National Leader in the Clean Energy Economy

June 11, 2009

Portland, TN – Tennessee is a national leader in growing its clean energy economy, outperforming the U.S. average in terms of total jobs and annual growth rate, according to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Phyllis Cuttino, director of global warming policy for The Pew Environment Group, says the new report shows clean energy employment in the state is expanding rapidly.

"Jobs in this sector grew seven times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007. Now, the state is partnering with Nissan to develop a charging network for plug-in electric vehicles."

Elected leaders, businesses and everyday working folks are seeing opportunities for transitioning to a clean energy economy, adds Cuttino.

"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."

Governor Bredesen will visit Switzerland, Germany and Poland this weekend to seek more clean energy investments for Tennessee. Critics of previous reports about how a clean energy economy could lead to job growth and business investments pointed to flaws in formulas used to make estimates. This report, says Cuttino, counted actual jobs and investment.

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

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN