Ohio Contributes To 110,000 New Clean Energy Jobs
A new report out this week says Ohio contributed to the more than 110,000 clean energy jobs created in the U.S. in 2012. The report from Environmental Entrepreneursâor E2âshows that Ohio companies contributed nearly 800 new jobs in the clean energy sector. That includes everything from erecting solar panels, operating wind turbines, and helping people reduce their energy use. While 800 is only a sliver of the countryâs new clean energy jobs, Bob Keefe, a spokesperson with E2, says their data is largely anecdotal. âWe scour announcements of new jobs that are related to clean energy or clean transportation," Keefe says. "Itâs from company press releases announcing new projects and how many jobs theyâre hiring and theyâre from lawmakers offices that go to the ribbon cuttings that open these plants.â? Bill Spratley is the executive director of Green Energy Ohio, a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. Spratley says his group held a solar energy conference in Cleveland five years ago, and since then, heâs seen Ohio manufacturers step up. âWe have machine shops all over the state that are making parts that go into wind turbines. We have solar factories up in the Toledo area. Thereâs a whole supply chain.â? Spratley says all of those companies may not be reflected in E2âs figures. Plus, E2âs clean energy report does not include companies in the natural gas industry that has blossomed in Ohio over the past year.