Focus on renewable energy could help boost the economy
As the U.S. continues to pursue renewable energy, the effort may be having a healthy impact on the nation’s economy. The Obama administration has adopted an “all of the above” energy policy, which has the country pursuing all forms of power, including renewable energy and fossil-fuels. While some forms of energy have received more support from the federal government than others, the initiative appears to be having a major impact on the job market, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Nearly 40,000 new jobs created across the country
The report is the latest in a long running serious from Environmental Entrepreneurs concerning “green” jobs — those that are associated with renewable energy in some way. The report shows that some 40,000 new green jobs have emerged throughout the U.S. during the second quarter of this year. Many of these jobs exist in the transportation sector, where the federal government, along with various groups from the private sector, has been working to establish a clean transportation infrastructure.
Ambitious projects raise demand for workers
The emergence of several ambitious renewable energy projects has also led to the creation of jobs throughout the country. The report notes that approximately 38,600 new jobs were created by 60 renewable energy projects across 27 states. Some of these projects involve solar and wind energy in some way, while others focus on hydrogen fuel and hydropower. The majority of new jobs can be found in California, which has long been an advocate for renewable energy.
Economic benefits of renewable energy continue to influence support
The federal government often cites environmental concerns for its support for renewable energy. This is not the only reason the government has been showing interest in clean power, of course. Renewable energy comes with a variety of economic benefits, such as the creation of jobs. Several states throughout the country have been supporting renewable energy in order to establish some economic stability and this trend is not likely to die out any time soon.