Report Highlights Growth in Vermont Clean Energy Businesses
A steady increase in the clean energy job market is detailed in the 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report released by the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). The report states that there are over 19,000 Vermonters employed in clean energy, 12,000 of which are full time jobs. With one in every 16 workers - or about six percent of the State's workforce - now part of this economic sector, Vermont has the highest number of per capita clean energy workers of any U.S. state. Clean energy includes electrical and thermal energy efficiency, clean transportation, all forms of renewable energy, as well as work to modernize the electrical grid to be able to distribute larger amounts of renewable energy.
“It is always encouraging to see new jobs created in Vermont, and the clean energy industry continues to be an important contributor to our job market and economy,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Growth in this innovative industry also demonstrates why it’s so important to rebuild and train our workforce to support 21st century jobs for these businesses and other industries across the state – something my Administration is continuing to focus on.”
“This report shows the promise of a diversified clean energy industry in Vermont” said Andrew Perchlik, Director of the CEDF. Perchlik continued “We see further growth potential in our local wood heating sector, both for jobs directly connected to heating with wood chips and pellets, but also in support of the entire forest products sector that is vital to Vermont.”
The full Clean Energy Industry Report can be found on the Public Service Department’s web site at: Clean Energy Industry Report.