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E2: More than 37,000 jobs can be created from renewable energy projects

A new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) says that as many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the U.S. during 2Q 2012. E2 is a national group of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies.

The quarterly report, called the Clean Energy Jobs Roundup, also said that the potential end of the Production Tax Credit is causing a slowdown of growth in the wind industry. In 2Q, E2 tracked 12 wind generation project announcements that are poised to create about 2,300 jobs, compared to 1Q, where there were 31 wind power project announcements that would create more than 9,100 jobs.

“The good news is that despite the challenging economic and political environment, the clean energy industry is still creating badly needed American jobs all across the country,” said Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs. “The bad news is that the threats to the wind industry because of uncertainty over the Production Tax Credit are very real, and are already taking its toll on job creation in that sector.”

California tops the list of clean energy job states with 16 announced projects and 20,879 possible jobs, followed by Florida, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska and Mississippi. Nearly one-third of the project announcements were in Midwest states, including Michigan Ohio and Illinois.

To read the full report, click here.

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