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California added 1,200 new clean energy jobs, mostly in solar, wind and manufacturing, making it third in the nation for green job growth. Credit: adamkaz/iStockphoto.com.
California added 1,200 new clean energy jobs, mostly in solar, wind and manufacturing, making it third in the nation for green job growth. Credit: adamkaz/iStockphoto.com.
September 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California is third in the nation in creating green jobs in the second quarter of 2015, behind Texas and Nevada. The ranking comes in a new clean energy jobs report from a national nonpartisan business group called Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2.

E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe says the Golden State has long been a leader in smart, clean energy and environmental policy.

"And it's paying off for the state," says Keefe. "In the second quarter alone in California, we saw about 1,200 clean energy job announcements – a lot of solar of course but also we also saw manufacturing jobs, at an electric-vehicle maker in Moreno Valley."

E2 tracks clean energy job announcements quarterly and the latest report shows the country added more than 10,000 green jobs from April to June, part of about 40 projects across 22 states.

Keefe says California is positioning itself for an even bigger clean-energy boom by raising the state's goals for the percentage of energy that comes from renewables, which currently stands at 33 percent.

"The Legislature is debating new legislation that would increase California's renewable portfolio standard to about 50 percent, and also reduce transportation fuel emissions by about 50 percent," says Keefe. "These things will drive economic growth."

Keefe also expects implementation of the Obama administration's new Clean Power Plan to drive growth in the clean energy sector.

The other states rounding out the top 10 are – in order of ranking in the report – Utah, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Virginia and Nebraska.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - CA