Massachusetts had the seventh most clean energy jobs among states in 2022, according to a report released Thursday by a national business group.
There were 118,165 clean energy jobs in Massachusetts last year, an increase of about 5,000 jobs over 2021 and of about 10,000 jobs since 2020, the report from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) said. Most of those jobs (about 81,000) were in the energy efficiency field, followed by 21,600 renewable energy jobs, 7,700 clean vehicle positions related to plug-in hybrid vehicles, all-electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles, 6,800 storage and grid jobs, and 740 biofuels jobs.
In all, the clean energy sector now accounts for more than 3 percent of all employment in Massachusetts, the report said.
Ahead of Massachusetts are California and Texas, which have more than 500,000 and 250,000 clean energy jobs respectively, followed by New York, Florida, Michigan and Illinois. Following Massachusetts and rounding out the list of nine states with at least 100,000 clean energy jobs are Ohio and North Carolina.
At just less than 7 million people, Massachusetts ranks 16th in the nation for population. Each state ahead of Massachusetts on the clean energy jobs list (and the two just behind) has a population that exceeds Massachusetts’ by at least 3 million people, according to U.S. Census estimates from July 2022.
Across the country, more than 3.3 million people work in the clean energy world, which is expanding as policymakers around the country debate how fast states and the nation should be moving away from energy rooted in fossil fuels.
Source : WWLP