E2 report highlights 2014 biofuel, bioenergy job announcements

By Erin Voegele | March 13, 2015

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 jobs report, which shows continued growth of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the U.S.

In the fourth quarter, E2 reports that 10,865 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced, spanning 52 individual projects. Of that number, 6,746 renewable energy jobs were announced at 28 projects. This includes 86 biofuel jobs at one project, 80 biogas jobs spanning two projects, and eight biomass power jobs at one project. The balance of the renewable energy jobs were in the solar and wind sectors. The 10,865 clean energy and clean transportation jobs also included 1,082 jobs in the manufacturing sector, 2,000 jobs in the public transportation sector and 1,037 jobs in the recycling sector.

For the quarter, California ranked number one for clean energy job announcements, followed by Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota.

For the full year 2014, E2 reported 46,783 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced at 177 projects. According to E2, 23,625 renewable energy jobs at 112 projects were announced last year, including 813 biofuel jobs at eight projects, 125 biogas jobs at four projects, and 399 biomass power jobs at seven projects. The balance of renewable energy jobs were announced for geothermal, solar and wind projects. The 46,783 jobs announced last year also included 16,015 manufacturing jobs, 2,266 jobs classified as “other,” 2,000 public transportation jobs, 1,932 recycling jobs and 925 building efficiency jobs.

Nevada was the top ranking state for 2014 clean energy and clean transportation job announces, followed by California, New York, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Utah and New Mexico.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the E2 website.