The Blue Green Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations launched by the Sierra Club and United Steelworkers, has released a report aimed at creating manufacturing jobs through the development of a clean energy economy in the U.S.
The recommendations included in the report outline policies for market building, market reforms, financing, innovation and capacity building to create clean energy jobs. Renewable energy technologies provide three to six times as many jobs as equivalent investments in fossil fuels when manufacturing, installation and, operations and maintenance jobs are taken into account, the report says.
The report was developed using research compiled by the Renewable Energy Policy Project.
‘Clean energy technology utilizes many of the same components manufactured for the auto industry,’ says Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who joined the Blue Green Alliance to discuss the report. ‘Done right, clean energy policy will create new demand for Ohio manufacturing. By utilizing our state's skilled workforce and longstanding auto component supply chain, we can make Ohio the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing.’
The analysis builds on a report releases earlier this year by the Broadway Green Alliance and the Renewable Energy Policy Project that estimated that more than 850,000 manufacturing jobs could be created across the U.S. and that more than 42,000 existing manufacturers could experience growth based on a demand for parts, with the enactment of a federal renewable electricity standard of 25% by 2025.
SOURCE: The Blue Green Alliance