Wind-power projects on the decline
However, the potential end of the wind production tax credit could hamper growth in the wind industry, according to the latest quarterly clean energy jobs report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, an environmental and economic policy advocacy group that says its members include business leaders.
"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.
“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,” she said.
The numbers are, indeed, falling. The group reported 31 wind-power generation project announcements poised to create more than 9,100 jobs in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the group tracked just a dozen wind project announcements slated to create only 2,300 jobs.
Colorado ranked No. 5 in the group's top 10 clean energy states for projects and job creation. The state had two projects announced with 1,100 possible jobs.
California ranked No. 1 with 16 projects and nearly 20,900 potential jobs.
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