COLUMBUS,OH — More than 108,000 Ohio residents now work in clean energy industries in every county in the state according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). Ohio’s clean energy workforce employs more than 12 times as many people than all the computer programmers and web developers in the state combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics workers in the state.
Energy efficiency once again led all clean energy sectors in Ohio, employing 79,653 workers — accounting for seven in ten of all clean energy workers. Clean vehicles came in second with over 14,000 jobs — led by hybrids and electric vehicles (12,762).
“I’ve seen first hand how clean energy creates well-paid, much needed jobs in our state. My business is an example of that,” said Greg Smith, president of Tipp City-based energy efficiency company, Energy Optimizers, USA. “Demand for clean energy solutions is surging across Ohio but we have so much more room to grow. I hope our policymakers can make the most of this opportunity and support clean energy development.”
Released recently, Clean Jobs Midwest highlights Ohio’s growing importance in America’s transition to grid modernization and energy storage — adding 254 new jobs from 2016 to 2017 (8.2% job growth). Overall, Ohio now employs over two times more workers in clean energy than fossil fuels.
Contributing the most clean energy jobs were Cuyahoga county (13,806), Franklin county (12,703), and Hamilton county (11,408). Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus metro areas combined are home to 54,085 jobs while over 17,000 jobs came from Ohio’s rural areas.
“The beauty of data is that it cuts through political rhetoric. These findings show that clean energy jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency are growing across the region and that the Midwest continues to demonstrate it is a fertile region for clean energy innovation, enabling businesses to launch, grow, and create jobs,” said Erik G. Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “Everyone should embrace and support these sectors that are driving economic development.”
Detailed and interactive breakdowns of Ohio’s clean energy economy are available at CleanJobsMidwest.com — including job totals for every Ohio county, congressional district, and state legislative district.
Other key findings:
• Renewable energy, led by wind and solar, employ 9,369 Ohio residents.
• Over 3,300 Ohio residents now work in grid modernization and energy storage.
• The majority of Ohio’s clean energy jobs are in construction and manufacturing (74.9%).
• Clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies employ 15,647 workers.
• Employers project 5.5% clean energy job growth in 2018.
• Small businesses are driving Ohio’s clean energy sectors, with 63.1% of clean energy businesses employing fewer than 20 individuals.
• 12.3% of Ohio residents employed in clean energy are veterans.
“Clean jobs count in Ohio,” said Micaela Preskill, E2’s Midwest Advocate. “With further investment and smart state policy, clean jobs will continue power Ohio’s economy into the next decade.”
Across the entire 12-state region, Clean Jobs Midwest found that clean energy employment totaled 714,255 at the end of last year — led by Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio each with more than 100,000 jobs and four other states each accounting for over 50,000 jobs.
The report follows E2’s Clean Jobs America analysis which found the clean energy jobs account for nearly 3.2 million jobs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Both reports expand on the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) released in May by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). CET and E2 were partners on the USEER.
To speak with business leaders in the Midwest who support strong investments in clean energy and their impact on America’s economy, please contact Michael Timberlake at (202) 289-2407.
More information about E2’s clean energy jobs research can be found at www.e2.org/reports.