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  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Mixed-ownership models spur utility investment in microgrids
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How the wind industry can continue its boom into the 2020s
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rhode Island targets a common perspective on DER values

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Way To Grow EVs
  • QUICK NEWS, April 25: Private Sector Takes Over The Climate Fight; How Sea Level Rise Would Change The Map; Wind Jobs Top 100,000 As Wind Energy Booms

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-A Deeper Look At The Heat
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Gets Market Tough
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Gets Utility-Led Solar Plus Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany’s VW Talking Its EV To China


  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Military Affirms Climate Change-War Link
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Plus Hydro Drive Wholesale Power Cost Sub-Zero
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Boom Goes On Growing Midwest Wealth
  • TTTA Thursday-More Kentucky Jobs In New Energy Than In Coal
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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
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  • Wind Industry Boom Getting Bigger
  • Funding Better Transportation

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014


    Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2014

    May 2014 (International Renewable Energy Agency)

    Key Facts

    -IRENA estimates that renewable energy jobs reached 6.5 million in 2013. In decreasing order, the largest employers were China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, Spain and Bangladesh.

    -Regional shifts from developed to emerging countries continued in wind and solar technologies, predominantly in the manufacturing and installation segments of the value chain.

    -Solar photovoltaic and wind power remain the most dynamic renewable energy technologies.

    -In 2013, the solar photovoltaic sector accounted for 2.3 million jobs, largely concentrated in China. The trends show an increase in Chinese installation jobs, while manufacturing jobs remain stable as growing demand is absorbing the oversupply of photovoltaic panels.

    -Liquid biofuels, modern biomass and biogas are large employers (1.4 million, 0.8 million and 0.3 million) and jobs are mainly concentrated in feedstock production.

    -Wind employment remains relatively stable at 0.8 million jobs. Policy changes in several countries have reduced installation jobs, while those in operations and maintenance have experienced some growth.

    -Solar heating employed 0.5 million people, around 70% were in China. Data availability for solar heating, small hydro and geothermal is low, hence there is a potential for underestimation of jobs.

    -The policy context is vital – steadiness and predictablity are essential to ensure sustained growth in renewable energy employment.

    -Education and training are critical enablers for employment in this relatively new and highly dynamic sector. Skill shortages are already creating bottlenecks for deployment in some countries.

    Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2014

    As the slow recovery in the global economy fails to invigorate labour markets, job creation has come to the forefront of policy debate and countries’ strategic choices. While the potential of renewable energy to create jobs is widely recognised, further analysis is required to understand its full benefits.

    Assessing the status and trends in renewable energy employment and analysing all related dimensions (policies, skills, gender considerations, etc.) are essential for policy making. In this context, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has been conducting various studies to bridge the knowledge gap on these issues (see Box 3).

    IRENA estimates that globally, 6.5 million people are working directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector, based on a literature review and annual data collection from various sources. This publication presents the status of renewable energy employment by technology (see Figure 1) and by selected countries (see Figure 2). A summary y is shown in Table 2.2

    This global figure reflects a direct, year-on-year comparison with IRENA’s previous estimate of 5.7 million jobs (IRENA, 2013) as well as an ongoing effort to refine the data. Global numbers are based on a wide range of studies but remain incomplete. The underlying methodologies vary considerably, and the different sources are of uneven detail and quality. The numbers are focused primarily on the years 2012 and 2013.

    Among other updates, the 6.5 million figure reflects significant changes in Chinese job estimates, which can be attributed to a marked increase in annual installation and manufacturing activity as well as methodological differences in employment estimation.

    Recent trends in renewable energy prices and investment have affected job creation across the value chain. For instance, although declining prices of solar photovoltaic and wind equipment are introducing new challenges for suppliers and affecting manufacturing jobs, they are also driving employment growth in installation and operations and maintenance (IRENA, 2013).

    From year to year, these dynamics can generate substantial employment swings.

    Renewable energy employment is also shaped by regional shifts, industry realignments, growing competition, advances in technologies and manufacturing processes and the impacts of austerity and policy uncertainty. The policy context is critical. While the suitability of different policy tools varies depending on a country’s circumstances, steadiness in the policy framework is key. Uncertainties or frequent changes are inimical to job creation (see Box 2 and IRENA, 2013). In addition, skill shortages can also act as a major barrier to renewable energy deployment and thus to associated employment (see Box 1).

    Renewable Energy Employment By Technology: Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power remain the most dynamic renewable energy Technologies…

    Renewable Energy Employment In Selected Countries:

    Renewable energy employment continues to spread to more and more countries. Nonetheless, the bulk of employment remains concentrated in a small number of countries: China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Spain…

    The Way Forward

    In 2013, global employment continued to grow, with noteworthy shifts in the breakdown along the segments of the value chain.

    Valuable insights into these shifts are provided by the current estimation method. However, a more comprehensive analysis of renewable energy employment requires a more thorough understanding of the underlying dynamics.

    Therefore, in the next edition of this review IRENA will employ a new estimation method that allows us to analyse employment in more countries, with more technologies in each country and along the different segments of the value chain.


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