With Nearly 600,000 Jobs Lost, the Time is Now for Congress to Aid Advanced Energy

Posted by Dylan Reed on May 13, 2020 2:02:10 PM

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In just two short months, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the American economy. The unemployment rate has reached levels that the country has not seen since the Great Depression nearly 100 years ago. Congress and the Trump Administration have responded by providing trillions of dollars of immediate relief to businesses and households to avoid even worse impacts. But no action has been taken on a simple measure that could help save hundreds of thousands of advanced energy jobs that otherwise may never return. The time to act is now, because time is running out.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Energy Employment

At 3.6 Million Jobs in 2019, Advanced Energy Was Growing. Then the Pandemic Hit.

Posted by Bob Keough on Apr 22, 2020 5:04:55 PM

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Since 2016, the year when authoritative data first became available, we have been reporting the size and growth of employment in advanced energy on an annual basis. During that time, we have seen U.S. advanced energy jobs grow from 2.7 million in 2015 to 3.6 million in 2019. Each year the growth in advanced energy employment has outpaced growth in U.S. jobs overall, often by a factor of two or more. So it is with the latest numbers. But this is not like any other year. Rather, the job growth of last year is now overshadowed by the immediate job losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Now the critical jobs need is sustaining the industry during the lockdown – and making good on the employer expectations of growth coming into 2020 by driving the economic recovery to follow.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Energy Employment

Silver State Deserves Gold Medal for Advanced Energy Job Growth

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Dec 10, 2019 11:30:00 AM

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While Governor Sisolak and the State Legislature were hard at work passing policy after policy to make Nevada one of the best places in the country to invest in advanced energy, the latest employment figures showed what a strong industry base Nevada has to build on: 33,900 advanced energy jobs in 2018, with employers predicting further growth of 7% for the year now coming to a close. What’s more, advanced energy jobs increased a whopping 31% in Nevada from 2017 to 2018, 10 times the rate of overall job growth in the state and far faster than any other state where AEE has reported employment. That should win the Silver State a Gold Medal!

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Topics: Advanced Energy Employment

In Florida, Legislators Hear about Jobs, Savings, and EVs from AEE and Member Companies

Posted by Gloria Li on Nov 6, 2019 11:30:00 AM

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With January right around the corner, many states are gearing up for the 2020 legislative session by filing bills and holding preliminary hearings. As a state with major opportunity for advanced energy, Florida is a place where AEE has been actively engaged in preparation for next year. On October 23,  AEE and our member companies flew to Tallahassee to present to the House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee and meet with legislators to discuss the trends and opportunities of advanced energy, specifically in electric vehicles, solar, and energy efficiency. Our message was clear: Advanced energy offers many benefits to Florida, including increased consumer choice and economic opportunity through job creation.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Advanced Transportation, Advanced Energy Employment

Florida’s Forecast is Sunny for Advanced Energy Jobs

Posted by Gloria Li and Dylan Reed on Oct 8, 2019 3:58:04 PM

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Florida was recently named the 3rd Best State in the nation for economic growth in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. Florida’s jobs future may be as bright as its nickname – “The Sunshine State” – but some sectors are growing faster than others. One of them is the advanced energy industry, which showed job growth more than double overall job growth in the state last year. In everything from electric vehicles to energy efficiency and solar energy, the forecast looks sunny for advanced energy jobs in Florida.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Advanced Energy Employment