Page: 1

Related Keywords:Manufacturing, Sales, Manufacturing/Production, Advertising, Marketing, Incentives, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Internet, Business Issues, Law & Regulations, Post/Production, Director, Business, Marketing, Copyright, Standards/Initiatives, USA, Science, Environmental Technology, Green Technology, Engineering, Business, mexico, Other,

Company News: Page (1) of 1 - 05/22/14 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at page facebook


(May 22, 2014)


Top 10 States for Clean Energy Job Announcements in Q1: Idaho, Texas, California, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Louisiana; Ongoing Uncertainty Surrounding Federal Clean Energy Policies - Coupled with Persistent Attacks on State Level - Kept New Clean Energy Job Numbers Low.

WASHINGTON - May 22, 2014 ( renewable energy stocks newswire) Congressional inaction on key clean energy tax policies, coupled with attacks on state renewable energy programs, led to a dramatic decline in clean energy job announcements in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest report from the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

About 5,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the first three months of this year, down from 12,000 such jobs reported in the comparable period in 2013.

A major geothermal project in Idaho accounted for the most clean energy jobs announced on the state level in the first quarter. Idaho was followed by more traditional clean energy leaders. The remaining states in the Top 10 were: Texas, California, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico and Louisiana. For the complete report and state-by-state details on all clean energy jobs announced in Q1 and in previous quarters, see

Despite adding thousands of new jobs to the economy, the dramatic drop in clean energy and clean transportation job announcements in the quarter is a clear reflection of mixed signals American businesses are getting from Capitol Hill and state capitals when it comes to policies such as the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and various state-level renewable energy standards (RES), according to E2.

"Congress pulled the plug on smart clean energy tax policies at the end of last year, while in the states, lawmakers are getting bullied by special interests that don't want our country to produce more clean, renewable energy," said E2 executive director Bob Keefe. "Guess who's suffering as a result? American workers and businesses."

Keefe added: "Given the muddied policy environment on clean energy, low overall jobs numbers were expected. Fortunately, it's not too late for lawmakers to steer clean energy and clean transportation job growth back on track."

Three main opportunities exist in the coming weeks and months:

  • Federal tax policy: If Congress acts now to reinstate on a long-term basis incentives like the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind, as well as other tax credits for biofuels and energy efficiency, lawmakers would have an immediate, positive impact on clean energy job growth. The longer incentives remain expired, however, the more U.S. workers will be left twisting in the wind. (The American Wind Energy Association recently noted uncertainty around the wind PTC has led to the loss of 30,000 jobs.)
  • Carbon Pollution Standards: In early June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to unveil standards for existing power plants that will for the first time limit carbon pollution, just like the EPA has limits on other dangerous pollutants like mercury and arsenic. These new carbon limits pave the way for manufacturing and power-generation companies in clean energy and energy efficiency sectors to invest in operations and add jobs.
  • State Renewable Portfolio Standards: On the state level, one of the biggest opportunities to defend or strengthen job-creating clean energy policies is in Ohio, where state lawmakers and Gov. Rob Kasich have the power to stop Senate Bill 310. By freezing efficiency and renewable energy targets, S.B. 310 threatens a state manufacturing base that ranks first nationally in wind manufacturing facilities. The E2 report also notes state RPS's have recently been repealed in Indiana, and defended or strengthened in Kansas, New York, and Vermont.

"If we want to keep creating good-paying clean energy jobs in America, our elected officials need to do their jobs first. They need to support these smart policies that will help our economy while also helping our environment," Keefe said.

Among the notable clean energy projects announced in the first three months of 2014:

  • Aguacaliente's 25 MW, $150 million geothermal plant is expected to bring 800 jobs to Walker Ranch, Idaho;
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures' wind farm in Carroll County, Iowa, could create more than 80 jobs; and
  • The 22 MW Barilla solar project in Pecos County, Texas, is expected to create about 350 jobs.

Among industry sectors in the first quarter, there was a noticeable shift in the types of jobs announced in the solar industry in particular. Whereas larger, utility-scale projects were drivers of job growth in previous quarters, the most recent report shows residential solar is gaining ground and putting people to work. Other major sectors like building efficiency and wind also saw declines.


Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, non-partisan group of business leaders, investors and others who promote smart environmental policies that drive economic growth. Our members, active in nearly every state in the country, have built or financed more than 1,700 companies that have created more than 570,000 jobs, and manage more than $175 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see


Patrick Mitchell, (703) 276-3266 or;


Jeff Benzak, (202) 513-6248,

More Info:

This news is published on the Newswire and its syndicated partner network

Get Free investor news and stock alerts: Sign up here

Published at the Newswire - Big ideas for Global Investors

Disclaimer/ Disclosure:The newswire is a third party publisher of news and research as well as creates original content as a news source. Original content created by investorideas is protected by copyright laws other than syndication rights. Investorideas is a news source on Google news and Linkedintoday plus hundreds of syndication partners. Our site does not make recommendations for purchases or sale of stocks or products. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. All investment involves risk and possible loss of investment. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions, content marketing and online advertising. Contact each company directly for press release questions. Disclosure is posted on each release if required but otherwise the news was not compensated for and is published for the sole interest of our readers. More disclaimer info:

BC Residents and Investor Disclaimer : Effective September 15 2008 - all BC investors should review all OTC and Pink sheet listed companies for adherence in new disclosure filings and filing appropriate documents with Sedar. Read for more info: Global investors must adhere to regulations of each country.


Our Privacy Policy --- @ Copyright, 2015 Digital Media Online, All Rights Reserved