Report: Pandemic pares CT’s growing clean-energy industry

According to the report, there were more than 44,000 clean-energy jobs in the state as of 2019, representing a gross state product of $6.5 billion. That job count was up 9.1% from 2015. While the number of jobs in the industry was estimated to surpass 46,000 this year in Connecticut, the COVID-19 pandemic led to 6,500 clean energy job losses, and now officials expect there to be 40,668 jobs remaining by year’s end, the report said. That would be a decline not only compared to 2019, but also compared to 2016. The bulk of the state’s clean-energy jobs, about 80%, are related to energy efficiency services, while the second-largest segment is clean-energy generation, including nuclear and solar workers, according to the report. Other sectors that fall under the report’s definition of clean energy include alternative transportation, clean grid and storage, and clean fuels.

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