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After Trump Administration Kills Renewables Jobs Report, Others Pick It Up

S&P Global Market Intelligence:

A number of associations and advocacy groups are planning on releasing a report in April on U.S. energy jobs, including in the renewables sector, picking up the effort after the U.S. Department of Energy canceled plans to fund the report.

The effort to compile and process the 2017 data costs about $1 million, Bob Keefe, E2 executive director, said in an interview after announcing the effort at the Climate Leadership Conference in Denver on March 2. The conference was hosted by C2ES, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Climate Registry. The jobs report is being funded through grants and in partnership with a number of organizations including E2, the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative, an organization founded by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The clean energy sector, particularly wind and solar, views their ability to generate more jobs than the fossil fuel industry in recent years as one of their strongest talking points when it comes to convincing fiscally minded officials they should support the continued transition from coal-fired generation to lower emitting natural gas, energy efficiency, wind, solar and battery storage. But the Trump administration has put a greater focus on trying to rescue the ailing coal-fired and and nuclear generation industry.

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