Friday, September 4, 2009

Colorado is a stand out in the Clean Energy Economy

The August 28th Wall Street Journal mentioned Colorado in a quote from the Pew Environmental Group:

"'Oregon is one of the top three states in the country in terms of growing its clean-energy economy' along with Colorado and Tennessee, said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Global Warming campaign, a nonprofit that is part of the Pew Charitable Trusts."

The information comes from the June 2009 Pew report entitled "The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across the Country." Colorado is singled among the "large and fast growing" category. Quoting from the report:

"Large and fast growing. Three states have large and fast-growing clean energy economies: Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. In 2007, each of these states exceeded the national averages for both the number of jobs in the clean energy economy (15,106) and the average annual growth rate for those jobs (1.9 percent). These states are geographically dispersed, demonstrating that location is not the sole factor in the success and vitality of a state’s clean energy economy. Tennessee has had success developing jobs in the Conservation and Pollution Mitigation category, which includes recycling, waste treatment and water management; more than three quarters of the state’s jobs in the clean energy economy are in this category. Colorado has capitalized on its natural wind and sun resources to stimulate job growth in Clean Energy, while Oregon has become a leader in Energy Efficiency, with a quarter of its jobs in the clean energy economy in this category."

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