2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report
The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.5 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2017 by about 1 percent, adding 65,000 net new jobs, roughly 3% of all those created in the country.
The USEER examines four sectors of the economy – “Electric Power Generation and Fuels”, “Transmission, Distribution, and Storage”, “Energy Efficiency”, and “Motor Vehicles”. The first two of these sectors, Electric Power Generation and Fuels and Transmission, Distribution, and Storage make up what are generally considered the “Traditional Energy” sectors. Energy Efficiency cuts across a range of occupations, especially construction and professional services, but includes manufacturing as well. The Motor Vehicles industry is included because its products play a special role in modern society’s use of energy with transportation representing 71 percent of the country’s daily domestic oil consumption and 28 percent of overall energy usage.
1. THE GROWTH OF JOBS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND THE GROWTH OF THE INTENSITY OF THIS WORK IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR.
Over 80% of construction firms in Energy Efficiency now report that the majority of their employees’ time is spent on EE technologies.
2. NET GROWTH YEAR OVER YEAR OF ELECTRICAL GENERATION IN NATURAL GAS, WIND, AND SOLAR.
As a result, all three of these sectors have continued to provide more jobs. In 2017 solar declined for the first time since its wide-scale deployment began a decade ago, but that decline was concentrated in just a few states.
3. THE DIFFICULTY THAT EMPLOYERS ARE HAVING FILLING JOBS IN THOSE GROWING ENERGY SECTORS.
Over 70% of employers reported difficulty in hiring across a wide range of occupations.