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Green jobs worldwide in 2013.
At Clean Technica:
Nearly one million new green jobs were created in 2013 to reach 6.5 million overall jobs, according to theInternational Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA)  Renewable Energy and Jobs—Annual Review 2014.

The new report outlines several major trends: An ever-expanding amount of green jobs across the globe, a clear shift toward developing economies, the chilling impact policy uncertainty has on green growth, and a looming shortage of skilled workers in many renewable energy technologies. [...]

IRENA estimates 800,000 new green jobs were created in 2013, boosting the overall number of workers employed in the clean energy economy from 5.7 million in 2012 to 6.5 million at the end of 2013.

In order, the largest concentrations of green jobs were in China, Brazil, America, India, and Germany, with other noteworthy employment numbers in Spain and Bangladesh. IRENA cites these rankings as evidence of a regional clean energy economic shift away from the traditional leaders in developed nations toward emerging markets where energy poverty and growing demand must be addressed by policymakers.

Green jobs by country
Green jobs by country.
There are, however, some clouds. Spain lost 23,000 green jobs because of policy changes that came with the 2008 economic recession. Germany, where success in manufacturing and installing renewables has led to issues with the reliability of the electrical grid and higher energy prices, jobs in the solar industry were halved between 2011 and 2013. Jobs in solar manufacturing in 2013 were a third what they had been in 2012.

In the United States, one of the problems is the renewables production tax credit that has provided a subsidy for electricity generated by solar, wind and geothermal projects. The PTC, first passed in 1992, has expired and been renewed five times. It most recently expired last December. The tax credit is an excellent approach to expand renewable projects, but the uncertainty associated with the expiration-renewal pattern makes it harder to attract investors for some renewable projects.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:16 PM PDT.

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  •  we're getting past dwarf-carrots (8+ / 0-)

    time for sticks

    The tax credit is an excellent approach to expand renewable prrojects, but the uncertainty associated with the expiration-renewal pattern makes it harder to attract investors for some renewable projects.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:22:03 PM PDT

  •  Does Your Total Includes This "Green Job," MB? (7+ / 0-)

    Helping Fineena - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:31:26 PM PDT

  •  Some additional facts and figures for the US: (6+ / 0-)

    Industry has been growing ~20%/year, currently employs at least 143,000 people, more than 10x the national average.

    o Installations – 21.8%
    o Ancillary support (engineering, procurement, etc) – 38.8%
    o Sales and Distribution – 23.5%
    o Manufacturing – 0.4%
    o 28% of new jobs required at least a Bachelors degree.

    ♦ 21% of all new power capacity came from solar in 2013.

    ♦ A new solar PV system is installed every 4 minutes in the US; in 2006 it was one every 80 minutes. We are accelerating to install one every 1-1/2 minutes by 2016.

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    by nzanne on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:53:28 PM PDT

  •  MB - your comment about PTCs confused me. (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't believe it did just expire in December. You're not referring to 1603, are you, which expired in Dec 2011? That was to receive a direct federal grant for solar projects....

    From the National Geo Energy Blog:

    Farther down the timeline but perhaps more ominous is the scheduled expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC) that solar enjoys. Implemented in 2006, the ITC can be worth as much as 30 percent of the cost of a project, large or small, and it’s due to expire at the end of 2016. The Obama administration’s 2015 fiscal year budget would replace the investment tax credit with a production tax credit at the end of 2016, meaning that a solar project would benefit only after it is built and producing power. The production tax credit  “simply can’t address the upfront costs of fuel-free solar projects,” said the SEIA in a statement, “and we believe the Administration’s sudden, 180-degree shift in tax policy could have devastating consequences on the future development of solar energy in America.”

    While still pushing for an extension, the SEIA is hoping at least to get a change in the law that would make systems under construction by the end of 2016 eligible for the tax credit. That would effectively extend the deadline for a year or two for big, long-term projects, and, the industry hopes, help replenish a pipeline of projects that began to shrink in the fourth quarter.

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    by nzanne on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:59:30 PM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, $7 Billion wasted on clean coal (5+ / 0-)

    subsidies from federal stimulus funds, and not a single project has been completed.

    Under the federal stimulus program of 2009, approximately $7 billion in stimulus funds were allotted for six clean coal development projects nationwide, but none of the projects have produced a commercially viable clean coal technology so far, and three of the projects are already defunct. FutureGen is one of the remaining projects, and a decade after it was first conceived, it has yet to even break ground. Although other technologies have rendered coal unnecessary, the public money continues to flow to private companies with an interest in maintaining coal as the world’s de facto energy source.
    Obama did a great thing with stimulus investments in clean energy and efficiency projects.  Thankfully, those investments were larger than the money wasted on coal. The "all of the above" strategy however, is a failure.
    •  The money was not wasted.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....if you consider the broader political context.

      What chance would there have been of the coal industry keeping quiet when money was going to renewables but not them? They had to be given enough money to fail in a decisive manner, or we would have been flooded by propaganda saying how great "clean coal" would have been except for those naughty Democrats who cut off its funding. At least now we can say "You had your chance and you blew it."

      This is the landscape that we understand, -
      And till the principle of things takes root,
      How shall examples move us from our calm?

      (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

      by sagesource on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:49:08 AM PDT

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  •  We all know these are just "bad paying" jobs. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:14:00 PM PDT

  •  Green capabilities are increasing, but we need (2+ / 0-)

    to do more. We need to keep pushing our politicians and raising the issue.

    I was just talking with friends from California tonight. They're in town for business. We shared the experience of warming, warming nights, changing seasons, struggles with drought.  

    And no relief in sight.

    These are mild problems compared with what's to come.

    We've got to keep trying!

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:08:54 PM PDT

  •  Speakig of Germany (3+ / 0-)
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    Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy

    On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall energy demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.

    In the first quarter of 2014, renewable energy sources met a record 27 percent of the country’s electricity demand, thanks to additional installations and favorable weather. “Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year,” Bloomberg reported. Much of the country’s renewable energy growth has occurred in the past decade and, as a point of comparison, Germany’s 27 percent is double the approximately 13 percent of U.S. electricity supply powered by renewables as of November 2013.

    While we're drilling everywhere but up our asses for oil, Germany is getting 27% of it's energy from renewable, clean sources.

    As for the criticism's of prices rising in Germany and unreliability...

    Along with cutting out fossil fuel-generated energy to a large extent, the transition to renewables includes completely phasing out nuclear power. These goals are only achievable in combination with greatly reduced energy demand. Instead, coal imports are increasing in order to meet the country’s baseload power demands. And retail electricity rates are high and rising, putting pressure on lower income individuals in particular.

    But many of the criticisms are largely overblown, according to Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. The modest uptick in coal-fired generation was substituting for pricier natural gas, not representative of a return to coal as it’s often mischaracterized. In fact, last December, as renewable energy production continued to grow and energy demand shrank, Germany’s largest utility chose not to renew two long-term contracts for coal-fired power.

    And while much is made of rising industrial electricity prices, Lovins points out that in fact, “giant German firms enjoy Germany’s low and falling wholesale electricity prices, getting the benefit of renewables’ near-zero operating cost but exempted from paying for them.”

    And as for the impact on the consumer, “the FIT surcharge raised households’ retail price of electricity seven percent but renewables lowered big industries’ wholesale price 18 percent. As long-term contracts expire, the past few years’ sharply lower wholesale prices could finally reach retail customers and start sending households’ total electricity prices back down.”

    Germany gets about as much sun as Maine.  The fact that it gets so much electricity from solar PV is astonishing and that's because they've been strapping solar panels on everything that's tied down.  Solar power has reached grid partity and costs are equal to electricity rates.  

    Industry is exempt from paying a feed-in tariff surcharge which is why the residential users pay a bit more.  The burden falls on them.  But as that changes so too will the rates homeowners pay.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:27:57 PM PDT

  •  This means HOPE for a future! (0+ / 0-)

    Germany is one of the most advanced, productive countries on earth, and they're going green.  All it takes is willpower!  

  •  Oh, I wish we didn't have a Rethug state house (1+ / 0-)
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    here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Governor McAuliffe is trying to find a way around their intransigence so as to enable Medicaid expansion, but it's still a bit iffy whether he'll be able to do that.

    Of course if he does manage it he'll lose whatever tiny amount of "bipartisanship" he might get from the Rethugs, but so what? They're not making an effort anyway, and he can't run for a second term, so what the hell?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:57:39 PM PDT

  •  Gulp, sorry, just realized I commented in the wron (0+ / 0-)


    Pray overlook it. It's late.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 13, 2014 at 06:58:36 PM PDT

  •  D: "I'm not going to apologize for people having (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Calamity Jean

    insurance.  What's your problem with people having insurance?  Explain that to me, please.  If you can."

    Once you put convenient, lethal force in the mix, liberty becomes a zero sum game. -- DIgby on open carry.

    by Rikon Snow on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:27:34 PM PDT

  •  The United States is being left behind by (0+ / 0-)

    backwards-thinking political clowns.

    Look at those numbers.  EU, Brazil and  China's numbers dwarf those in the USA.  And we could jump far ahead, if only we had some politicians looking reality in the face in Washington.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:52:59 PM PDT

  •  Not wanting to sound unappreciative of the growth, (0+ / 0-)

    but that amounts to something like 0.2-0.3% of the global workforce.Surely we can get more people working  on what amounts to saving the planet as a place hospitable to human habitation.

    I was just reading an article about some of the poorest people who live in Kentucky -- people who receive government benefits -- who oppose Obama and Democrats in part because of their opposition to coal.

    The real issue isn't the coal, but coal jobs. Jobs in clean energy that pay well and offer the dignity of doing something real and useful could go a long way to win over at least some of the people who feel that way.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:59:32 PM PDT

  •  It all depends on how we count... (0+ / 0-)

    This number seems far too low. I think it really depends on how we
    define green jobs.

    For example, I would count organic farmers. I would include people in eco-tourism. And I would most certainly include many researchers who directly or indirectly are contributing to a more sustainable society.

    So, this all depends on who we count.

    “The meaning of life is to find it.”

    by ArcticStones on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:35:23 AM PDT

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