Texas ranks second in ‘green’ job creation

03/13/2014 6:16 PM

03/13/2014 6:17 PM

Texas projects involving clean-energy production and energy-efficient transportation added 6,368 positions last year, according to a report.

The state ranked No. 2 behind California’s 15,397 jobs. One example cited among the eight projects in Texas was the 80-turbine, 165-megawatt Cameron Wind farm in South Texas announced by Apex Clean Energy, which could create more than 200 jobs.

The study was compiled by Environmental Entrepreneurs, which describes itself as a national group of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy and economic prosperity. It looked at jobs in power generation and manufacturing, building efficiency, public transportation and other sectors.

Nationally, the study counted more than 78,600 jobs at newly announced projects, projects under construction or additions to existing projects. The report said 32,500 jobs were power-related, with solar power the biggest, with more than 21,600 jobs.

Texas was No. 1 in new jobs in the fourth quarter, the report said, with about 3,286, including 1,400 in five wind power projects. Texas is No. 1 in wind power capacity, with more than 11,000 megawatts.

It’s the second year for the study, which listed more than 100,000 jobs in 2012. The decline could be related to a change in methodology, the group said.

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