A national report distinguished the state of Vermont as having the highest number of clean energy related occupations, Gov. Peter Shumlin said last week.
One in 17 workers, or about six percent of the overall workforce, now works in the renewable energy sector, according to the Department of Public Service, which announced the report’s findings May 18.
In the past year, the state saw an increase in 1,400 clean energy jobs, bringing the total of Vermonters employed in the clean energy industry to 17,175, the office said in a press release.
Vermont has the highest number of jobs per capita of any state in the U.S., according to the release. The report, called the 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report, is generated by the state of Vermont, hence largely looks at the details of the state’s own economy. A search for federal clean-energy industry reports resulted in reports on surveys of the growth in energy careers across the nation, without differentiating by state and growth in solar industry jobs, again without differentiation by state. [Read more…]