DOE Report Highlights Energy Efficiency Job Growth in 2016
On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its 2nd Annual United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER) providing an updated, comprehensive analysis of 2016 data on energy related U.S. jobs. The 2nd USEER Jobs Report concluded:
- 2.2 million Americans are employed, in whole or in part, in the design, installation, and manufacture of Energy Efficiency (EE) products and services;
- More than 133,000 new EE jobs were created in the U.S. in 2016;
- Roughly 32% of the 6.5 million employees in the U.S. construction industry work on energy or building energy efficiency projects; and
- U.S. EE employers project the highest growth rate (9%) over the next 12 months in the four energy market segments studied: 1) Electric Power Generation and Fuels; 2) Transmission, Distribution and Storage; 3) Energy Efficiency; and 4) Motor Vehicles.
Confirms Business Opportunity in Residential Buildings
The second annual USEER Report confirmed what a growing number of studies have pointed out already about the enormous economic opportunity available through investments in energy efficient retrofits of U.S. homes and buildings. For example, in December 2016, E2 and E4TheFuture released Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, which found that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide (based on 2015 employment data) with thousands of jobs in each and every state. Both Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, and the 2nd USEER Jobs Report agree that as the largest sector within the nation’s clean energy economy, energy efficiency accounts for about three out of every four American clean energy jobs. Key Findings of DOE’s 2nd USEER Report The Second Annual United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER) found that:
- With almost 2.2 million jobs, Energy Efficiency employment represents a sizeable portion of the national energy economy;
- The majority of Energy Efficiency employment (63 percent) identified with USEER data is found across construction firms (1.37 million);
- The market penetration and resulting manufacture of certified ENERGY STAR® products continues to increase with 289,000 workers manufacturing energy-efficient products; and
- EE employment varies significantly by state – a state by state breakdown is available here.