Here’s how Covid-19 is affecting the biggest source of clean energy jobs

(Inside Climate News, 21 May 2020) Since the pandemic arrived, the country has lost almost 600,000 clean energy jobs.

Talk about clean energy jobs and it often conjures images of wind turbines and solar panels. But wind and solar represent just a fraction of the jobs of the big kahuna that is energy efficiency.

And energy efficiency jobs—which include manufacturers and installers of efficient lighting, appliances and heating systems, among many other groups—are taking a beating because of the coronavirus and the economic disruption it has caused. 

This is a shame because these are products and services that help people save energy and save money, and that's just what we need right now.

Some numbers: Of the 3.4 million clean energy jobs in the United States last year, 2.4 million were in energy efficiency, followed by 522,811 in renewable energy, and the rest in smaller categories of clean energy jobs. This is according to the Clean Jobs America 2020 report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, a trade group for clean energy companies.

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Inside Climate News, 21 May 2020: Here’s how Covid-19 is affecting the biggest source of clean energy jobs