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New report counts more than 13,000 renewable energy jobs in Pa.

John Bennett is site manager at the Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Somerset County, Pa.

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John Bennett is site manager at the Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Somerset County, Pa.

A new report shows the renewable and alternative energy industry supports more than 13,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and Environmental Entrepreneurs – the two nonprofit organizations that put out the report – are touting it as the first full accounting of these jobs, which are not tracked by the state.

The state Department of Labor and Industry only counts employment in the coal, oil, gas, and nuclear energy sectors and puts out a monthly report on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling jobs. The agency gets statistics on solar and wind jobs, for example, from trade associations.

“There hasn’t been formal data on these types of jobs in Pennsylvania,” said KEEA Executive Director Brian Kauffman. “So that was one of the major motivations [for the report] to get a sense of where we are so we can get a sense of where we’re going.”

The report totals 13,345 people employed in the renewable and alternative energy generation sectors, which includes biomass (5,231 jobs), solar (3,897), wind (1,207), and combined heat and power (1,281). That figure also accounts for 1,729 workers in “other renewable sources and activities.”

Department of Labor Statistics spokeswoman Lindsay Bracale told StateImpact Pennsylvania in an email the agency doesn’t count these jobs because the federal system used to classify the country’s employers “does not have a classification specific to those alternative energy categories.”

However, the authors of this report used the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to help compile a list of companies in this sector. Researchers contacted the companies and administered surveys online and over the phone.

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick contributed reporting.

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  • JimBarth

    So, Pennsylvania government attempts to track (and then ridiculously pad) the jobs created by fossil fuel burning and extracting businesses, along with nuclear, but refuses to collect data surrounding renewable energy job creation? Why am I not surprised? How do you spell “republican”?

    • KeepTapWaterSafe


  • AlSever

    Wonder If they counted people who work for hydroelectric facilities or hydroelectric developers? California declares that hydro is a non renewable energy for political purposes so that hydro does not get tax credits.

    • marykaybarton

      New York is doing the same, and we have PLENTY of hydro here (Niagra Falls & Messina on the St. Lawrence Seaway). I believe it is a way of deceiving the public in order to justify wasting $Billions on wind & solar to meet their artificially low renewable percentages (since they purposely don’t include hydro).

  • marykaybarton

    “wind (1,207)” — Where are these jobs? Wind traveling salesmen? Part-time wind factory installation jobs from local concrete suppliers and/or traveling tower assemblymen?

    We have 308 bird-and-bat-chopping industrial wind turbines strewn throughout five townships here in Wyoming County of western New York State. For all the civil and environmental devastation the wind industry has left in their wake, there are few – if any, permanent jobs that were created locally here. And since the wind industry is allowed generous Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes agreements by local IDAs, they add nothing to our local tax base. Instead, the burden of taxation is shifted onto local residents and small businesses. An economically devastating effect of these USELESS LEMONS, especially since they also devalue local properties for miles around.

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