Employment in California’s advanced energy industry grew 18 percent last year, according to areport released by the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Institute, with more than half a million workers spending some or all of their time on advanced energy work, including energy efficiency, advanced electricity generation, biofuels, advanced grid technology, and advanced vehicles. Employers engaged in advanced energy also expect to increase their workforce by eight percent this year.
With one in every five advanced energy workers nationwide, California has the largest advanced energy industry by employment of any state in the US.
The AEE Institute survey of more than 800 businesses doing business in California is the second study of advanced energy employment in the state conducted by BW Research Partnership, a leading workforce and economic development research firm. The first survey, published in December 2014, found 431,000 advanced energy workers in California, with employers predicting they would add workers at a 17 percent rate in the coming year, bringing the total to more than 500,000 – a prediction that came true, according to the new survey.
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