According to a new analysis released by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), the development of wind power and the expansion of energy efficiency programs are generating a number of significant jobs in the state, and the potential for future job growth is large.
‘By our count, over 2,500 businesses in Maine currently are involved in helping reduce Maine's dependence on fossil fuels, cutting energy bills for Maine people and businesses, and building the infrastructure for a clean energy economy,’ says Dylan Voorhees, NRCM's clean energy project director.
According to NRCM, 289 Maine businesses have participated in construction work at five wind power projects, with a total in-state contract spending of more than $50 million. In addition, over 300 other companies are green architecture, engineering and energy consulting firms.
Maine has a goal of generating 3,000 MW of wind power by 2030, according to NRCM, and this, along with other energy measures, can translate into billions of dollars of investment and thousands of additional jobs for Maine's clean energy sector.