June 15, 2009

From 1998 to 2007 Maine’s growth in the clean energy economy was seven times more than the national average, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trust.

The Pew analysis found that between 1998 and 2007, jobs in Maine’s clean energy economy grew at a rate of 22.7 percent, while state jobs overall grew by 3.3 percent. Nationally, jobs in the clean energy economy grew at a rate of 9.1 percent while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent, over that same time period.

In 2007, there were 6,000 jobs in Maine’s clean energy economy.

Included in Pew’s definition are jobs as diverse as engineers, plumbers, administrative assistants, construction workers, machine setters, marketing consultants, teachers and others. Annual incomes ranged from $21,000 to $111,000.

Pew’s report, The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America, is the first data-driven clean energy economy account across 50 states of jobs, of companies and venture capital investments that supply the growing market demand for environmentally-friendly products and services.

Pew’s definition of the clean energy economy is based on previous research and input from nationally recognized environmental scientists and economists, including an advisory panel convened to help guide the study. It comprises five categories: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmentally Friendly Production, Conservation and Pollution Mitigation and Training and Support.