In the US state of Rhode Island, the Office of Energy Resources has issued a report providing insights on the growth of the renewable energy market and workforce.
The research was conducted in partnership with the state's Executive Office of Commerce.
Key findings of the report include:
- An increase in clean energy jobs by just under 4% between 2017 and 2018, and by 72% since 2014
- The state's clean energy sector now employs 15,800 with some 6,650 new jobs having being created since 2014
- Energy efficiency holds a large share (59% or 9,300 jobs) of the market
- The largest employment growth is in engineering, research and professional services
- The renewable heating and cooling segment account for 26% of the market whilst renewable energy generation holds a 13% share.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo, commented: "Our work to aggressively pursue alternative energy and position ourselves as a leader in this industry will create thousands more jobs in the years to come."
The report follows the state launching a project to develop a 400MW wind farm, which will generate enough energy to power half the homes in the state and create over one thousand jobs. 50 of the jobs will be permanent.
Carol Grant, State Energy Commissioner, added: "Today, we are about one-third of the way toward reaching the Governor's 1,000-megawatt clean energy goal."
The state has a target to reach 20,000 clean energy jobs by 2020.
The report provides recommendations on how the state can expand its clean energy market. This include:
- Maintain momentum of strong support for and growth in the offshore wind industry
- Identify opportunities to expand energy efficiency retrofits and electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Given nationwide declines, the solar industry needs added support, particularly in the near-term future
- Novel mechanisms that tap into new markets or potential technological synergies
Improve and Expand Financing Options
- Expand current programmes and policy instruments
The report can be downloaded here...