At a press event held at Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Technology Showcase yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick formally unveiled the 2013 Clean Energy Industry Report – the latest in a series of annual “report cards” commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to track the impact of the Commonwealth’s pro-green initiatives.
Since taking office in 2007, Governor Patrick has made clean energy one of his key priorities, actively championing both the deployment of sustainable energy solutions and the development of a larger “green economy.” As the newest report makes clear, it’s an approach that’s continuing to pay dividends:
- The Commonwealth’s clean energy industry continued to enjoy solid growth – 11.8% in the past year and 24% in the past two.
- The Massachusetts “green collar” economy now employs almost 80,000 - a figure that’s projected to approach 90,000 by next year.
- There are now 5,557 clean energy companies operating in the Commonwealth, including a variety of innovative start-ups and university spin-outs.
- While northeastern Massachusetts once again boasted the largest concentration of green collar jobs, the southeast saw tremendous growth in the past 12 months with a 14.3% increase in clean energy employment from 2012 to 2013.
- The industry is also growing more diverse: 21% of clean energy workers are women; 14% are ethnic minorities.
And the good news didn’t end there – earlier that day, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking Boston as America’s greenest city. Among other things, ACEEE praised the Hub’s local government and community initiatives, energy and water utility partnerships, and reporting requirements for building energy usage. The city also received high marks for the quality of its public transportation services.