Texas 9th for clean energy jobs in 2012, report says

A new report puts Texas among the top states to produce clean energy jobs last year.

Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nationwide network of business leaders who promote economic growth and the environment, says in a report released last week that there were 3,467 job announcements connected to clean energy and clean transportation projects in the state in 2012.

Only eight other states had more, the report says. California was No. 1 with 26,354 job announcements.

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In addition to the solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy industries, the report also counted jobs related to energy efficiency, public transportation, smart grid and electric vehicles businesses.

As a region, the Southeast led the country in manufacturing-related clean energy job announcements, with more than 13,700 jobs announced last year. Solar, advanced vehicles and wind energy were the leading industries.

In total, the report says, companies and communities around the United States were expected to create 110,000 jobs with more than 300 clean energy and clean transportation projects announced in 2012.

“The projects and job announcements like we saw in 2012 can continue – as long as we don’t let smart energy policies get hijacked by special interests,” Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs, said in a statement that accompanied the release of the report.

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