Friday, September 04, 2015 10:00 AM


Many more Tennesseans work in clean energy than you may realize.


A new study shows that Tennessee is a leader in clean energy job creation, and recent policy developments could accelerate clean energy job growth significantly.

The EPA recently released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the first federal rule limiting existing power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions – the leading pollutant driving manmade climate change.

This represents a giant leap in the right direction for Tennessee and the nation as a whole. The Clean Power Plan will lead America into a cleaner energy future with improved air quality and public health, along with initiatives to significantly reduce utility bills paid by residents and businesses.

However, another important benefit of the Clean Power Plan is that it is expected to cause a boom in clean energy job creation.

Tennessee is already a hotbed for clean energy jobs, with nearly 45,000 people employed in energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation and greenhouse gas management and accounting. Tennessee’s clean energy sector significantly outpaces the broad economy. Clean energy jobs increased 6.3 percent in 2014 – roughly three times the 2.2 percent rate of overall job creation in Tennessee. Those are among the key findings in a report ...

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