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Clean energy projects to create 37,409 jobs in the U.S. in Q2

The United States job sector is looking at around 37,409 new green jobs in the next few months with the announcement of more than 70 major clean energy projects set to begin in the second quarter of 2012.

Business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, made up of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies, has been keeping track of energy projects and their potential for green job creation through their quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup.

“The good news is that despite the challenging economic and political environment, the clean energy industry is still creating badly needed American jobs all across the country,” said Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs.

While California topped the list of states with the most projects announced and green jobs available (16 projects with 20, 879 possible jobs), it’s the Midwest region that will have the bulk – neatly one-third – of the announced projects.

These include the states of Michigan (nine projects and 1,319 jobs), Ohio (four projects with 712 jobs) and Illinois (four projects and 542 possible jobs).

This quarter report took special note of the wind sector, which is currently the subject of much uncertainty as the potential end of the Production Tax Credit looms.

Compared with the first quarter of this year, when 31 wind projects were announced for 9,100 jobs, this quarter saw less than half of that with only 12 wind generation projects announced for about 2,300 jobs.

“The bad news is that the threats to the wind industry because of uncertainty over the Production Tax Credit are very real, and are already taking its toll on job creation in that sector,” said Ms. Albert. – EcoSeed Staff



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