New Mexico leads the US in energy efficiency jobs
- Dec 27, 2019 2:33 pm GMT
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In 2018, thirteen states in the US increased their energy efficiency jobs by as much as 5%, which is a great accomplishment. However, the most significant increases in this field were made in New Mexico, Colorado, New Jersey, Nevada, and Oklahoma.
In fact, New Mexico has ranked number 1 in energy efficiency job growth. This information comes from an E4TheFuture report, which is a nonprofit organization and nonpartisan business group. Their report shows that, in 2018, energy efficiency jobs grew 3.4%, which makes up 28% of all jobs in the energy industry.
Most of the energy efficiency jobs that helped New Mexico become the leader are found in construction, including retrofitting buildings so they’re more efficient. They’re also found in manufacturing, where employees build appliances that are energy efficient. Additional jobs include the installation of LED lighting systems.
Overall, thirteen different states got a 5% or more increase in energy efficiency jobs. The most growth happened in New Mexico with 11.6%, followed by Oklahoma and Colorado with 7.2%, and then New Jersey with 7.1%.
Thanks to this amazing growth in New Mexico, PNM Resources has decided to partner with various cities in the state in an effort to make New Mexico a solar energy leader. The utility was also approved to acquire Western Spirit, a project of renewable energy transmission that will create 800 MW of wind energy.
According to PNM’s CEO and Resources President, Pat Vincent-Collawn, their goal is to become one of the clean-energy national leaders so they can attract more business into New Mexico, allowing the state to prosper with greater economic opportunities for everyone.
In 2017, New Mexico had a little over 5,000 energy efficiency jobs, but that number jumped to more than 5,600 jobs the following year, an increase of 12%. Even so, this pales in comparison to California, which is the nation’s leader with 318,542 jobs in the energy efficiency sector. Obviously, comparing the two nominally is unfair, since California’s population is around 20 times larger than New Mexico’s, but New Mexico has 1 job in energy efficiency per 374 residents, whereas California is a very impressive 1 energy efficiency job per 124 residents.
California is followed by New York, Texas, Illinois, and Texas as the states with the most energy efficiency jobs. In 2019, it was projected that these numbers would grow by 7.8%, a growth correlating with the number of new businesses and projects that are in their infancy. Reports are yet to come, but I’m confident these numbers were met, if not surpassed.
Energy efficiency is great news for everyone, because it saves both consumers and businesses money on power bills. It’s also a thriving industry that creates jobs and helps the economy grow in every state of the country. Additionally, it’s an industry that contributes to a much greener world and a better environment.
Energy efficiency jobs supply more jobs as well as help keep the industry moving forwards and combating the negative effects of climate change.