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Green Energy Can Fuel The Economy
By: CareerCast.com
It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. The idea that controlling climate pollution helps the economy is not new. Back in 1981, the Solar Energy Research Institute, a national laboratory now known as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, published a study that said the same thing. It showed that over the next 20 years, “through efficiency, the U.S. can achieve a full employment economy and increase worker productivity, while reducing national energy ... more
Opportunities and Challenges in the 2012 New England Solar Market
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The New England solar market is extremely strong. But even with these strong existing players, there is still room for more competition and new players enter every day. With that said, there are number of opportunities and risks that have the ability to impact industry growth and profits. In December and January, I spent a lot of time talking with a long list of HeatSpring alumni in small, medium and large solar firms to see what the industry is viewing as opportunities and potential risks. While I cannot and would not share exactly what I heard, here is what I ... more
Tax Credit To Boost Wind Power Opportunities
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General Electric Co., the nation's biggest supplier of wind turbines, expects domestic installations to double next year after the renewal of a tax credit boosts demand. Wind-farm developers including NextEra Energy Inc. and Invenergy LLC may install 3,000 megawatts to 4,000 megawatts of turbines in the U.S. this year and as much as 7,000 megawatts next year, Anne McEntee, GE's vice president of renewable energy, said in an interview Wednesday. The U.S. added a record 13,124 megawatts of turbines last year, outpacing natural gas installations for the first time, as wind developers raced to complete projects ahead of the Dec. ... more
Green Energy Jobs Hiring Exceeds Expectations
By: CareerCast.com
A report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the second quarter of this year – more than double the number of jobs announced in the first quarter. The jump in jobs took place despite mixed signals on clean energy policies from Congress, but amidst new confidence about future clean energy growth tied to the recently announced federal Clean Power Plan that’s designed to cut carbon pollution and increase clean energy and energy efficiency. E2’s report, “Clean Energy Works For Us: Second Quarter 2014 ... more
Top 10 Green Job Trends You'll Find Surprising
By: CareerCast.com
If you are looking for a green job in today’s economy, there’s encouraging news. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institute and Battelle, job seekers looking for green jobs will not only find many opportunities, but higher pay as well. The study reports that job growth rates in the clean economy are trending higher than the national average, and most eco-friendly jobs are non-specialist, “green collar” positions that pay higher than the national median wage. Green jobs exist in all major U.S. metro areas and show surprising strength in regions like the South. Numerous opportunities are out there ... more
Solar Storage Boom On The Horizon
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Germany's pledge of €50 million in incentives is the latest indicator that industry's time has come. The program will apply to newly-installed PV facilities with storage and solar plants with storage systems installed after December 31, 2012. Subsidizing a storage system's energy capacity rather than its power capacity, as does California's Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), is a more logical approach, says Brian Warshay of Lux Research, because the solar shifting application requires more energy than power. Research firm NanoMarkets believes the growth of the solar storage market is driven by declining costs for PV modules and reductions in government ... more
Renewable Energy Jobs Lead 2014 Electricity Employment
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The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data shown here only reflect jobs in electric power generation, not the jobs associated with electric transmission and distribution systems. Also, jobs involved in the construction of new facilities, processing or transportation of fuels, or behind-the-meter distributed generation installations and service (e.g., solar panel installers) are not counted by BLS as jobs in the electric power sector. Power sector ... more