by Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
December 2, 2015
It’s validating to read a report that mirrors what we have been saying for years – that California’s clean energy policies are paying dividends for residents, businesses and workers. In “West Coast Clean Economy: 2010-2014 Jobs Update,” it is clear that California is helping to foster a growing clean economy throughout the West Coast in conjunction with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
The report, commissioned by the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) and completed by The Delphi Group, shows that between 2010 and 2014, California added 71,000 clean economy jobs for a total of 368,200. This represents a 24 percent jobs increase since 2010, while the state’s clean economy GDP grew by more than 32 percent.
Other important findings in the report include:
- The West Coast economy as a whole grew more than twice as fast as the region’s overall job growth.
- As of 2014, the region includes 577,372 clean economy jobs – an increase of 91,656 (approximately 19 percent) since 2010. The job growth has been most significant in the green building, energy efficiency, and clean energy supply sectors.
It is reports like these that provide justification for the work we do at the CA Business Alliance on behalf of our 1,300 member companies, business associations and chambers of commerce. Every day, we represent your interests by pushing for the effective implementation and defense of the state’s clean energy policies.
The results of the PCC report are indisputable: – clean energy and climate policies are key drivers of economic and job growth.
As world leaders, including our own impressive California delegation, convene at the Climate Summit in Paris this week, they should be emboldened by the data which supports taking action toward creating a global clean energy economy. They also should feel strong support coming from California businesses owners who are ahead of the climate change curve, and ready for more dividends from clean energy progress.