Clean energy and transportation projects launched across the US in the second quarter of 2013 have led to the creation of 38,600 new jobs in the sector, says a report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The number of jobs is slightly more for Q2 of 2013 than it was for the same period in 2012 (37,400).
Many of these jobs were concentrated within 10 states: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon and Texas. California topped the list with 12 new projects that will create 9,000 jobs in the sector, followed by Hawaii and Maryland.
Hawaii and Maryland are both new to this list of top 10 states for cleantech jobs. In Maryland, a $2.6 billion, 20-station, 14-mile expansion to the Baltimore light-rail system will relieve traffic congestion and lower pollution while creating 4,200 construction jobs for workers to lay new tracks and build new stations by 2021. Energy efficiency projects in government buildings will create 5,000 jobs in Hawaii.
In terms of projects announced, Kansas and Missouri became part of the top 10 states for the first time, mainly due to upgrades to 3,500 megawatts of wind energy transmission lines that will carry power to other states. The $2 billion project is scheduled for completion by 2018 and is expected to create 5,500 jobs to plan, construct and manage the new line.
Solar energy projects across the country represented 10,400 of the new jobs. Weatherization projects in Alaska will lead to 600 jobs and a hybrid heavy duty vehicle project in Indiana will help create 300 jobs.
Projects that help reduce emissions are another source of clean energy jobs. The US can cut carbon pollution from power plants while creating at least 210,000 jobs, according to analysis released in July by the Natural Resources Defense Council and business groups Small Business Majority and the BlueGreen Alliance.