Nationally, the renewable energy sector is creating jobs nearly 12 times the rate as the rest of the economy. In Pennsylvania, the energy sector has always played a major role in employment and economic growth. Throughout much of the nation’s history, Pennsylvania steel helped build America’s industries, and Pennsylvania coal powered them. However, economic forces throughout the 1970s and 1980s changed the face of our state dramatically. Many regions still struggle today as mines continue to close and nearly every blast furnace in the Pittsburgh region has shut down. In the wake of these major economic shifts remains a skilled and committed workforce eager to put its knowledge and ability back to work.
By adopting a truly “all-of-the-above” approach to energy, Pennsylvania will be able to build on our proud history as both an energy producer for the nation and a major manufacturing hub. A diverse renewable energy portfolio makes the Commonwealth a desirable place to live, work, and invest.
Today, renewable and efficient energy is responsible for nearly 70,000 jobs and over 6,000 companies across the state. This is nearly double the jobs available in the non-renewable energy sector, and a 6% increase over the previous year (compared to 1.3% labor force growth across the entire economy). Most importantly, these jobs are not isolated to one county or region in the Commonwealth.
PennCEF seeks to bring conservatives across the state to the table to help foster this promising market and make our state a renewable energy leader in the national and global economy, ensuring Pennsylvania manufacturing and energy dominance for decades to come.