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Kentucky Creating Clean Energy Jobs

June 19, 2009

Frankfort, KY – Is Kentucky prospering from new jobs created in the state's growing clean energy economy? A new study from Pew Charitable Trusts answers "yes," finding more than 9,000 clean energy jobs have already been developed, even during the economic downturn. One Kentucky group says that's good news for everyone in the state. A report released last week by Pew shows that jobs in the state's clean energy economy grew 10 percent in the last 10 years, compared to an overall job growth of just 3.6 percent, and there are more green jobs to come.

Kip Bowmar, executive director of Community Action Kentucky, says the new clean energy economy has tremendous potential for growth in the state.

"It could create more green jobs in the state of Kentucky, reduce energy bills, reduce our carbon footprint and help strengthen Kentucky's economy going forward."

The state is working on incentives for biofuels, renewable energy and conservation, adds Bowmar.

"Being able to produce energy conservation will have a significant, beneficial impact on Kentucky's economy from a variety of standpoints."

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 the estimates. This report counted actual jobs and investments.




Bill Goodman, Public News Service - KY