Hartford, CT – The recently released 2021 Connecticut Clean Energy Industry Report highlights that Connecticut’s clean energy economy was more resilient than other states in the region and the nation overall.
Total clean energy employment in Connecticut declined by only 6% in 2020 to 41,488 jobs; compared to a nationwide energy employment decrease of nine percent and neighboring state declines ranging from seven to 16%.
With the majority of COVID-19 related job losses incurred in March through May 2020, the industry in Connecticut had steady, modest growth from June through December. Clean energy contributions to statewide Gross Regional Product (GRP) increased by 2% between 2019 and 2020, an overall increase of 14% since 2017. These GRP contributions totaled nearly $6.64 billion, almost 3% of the state’s GRP.
This is the second industry study produced by the Connecticut Green Bank, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Eversource, and United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., operating through the Joint Committee of the Energy Efficiency Board (EEB) and the Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors.
Based on analysis from BW Research, employment in this report is broken out into five major technology sectors and clean energy-specific sub-technologies. The major clean energy sectors are: energy efficiency; clean energy generation; alternative transportation; clean grid and storage; and clean fuels.
A webinar presenting the report’s findings to press, industry partners, and other stakeholders will be held on Feb. 2 from 12 to 1 pm. To view the full report, click here.