Vermont clean energy jobs up 29 percent

The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund recently released the 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, highlighting employment gains made by the state.

Currently, Vermont has more than 19,000 clean energy employees, with 6 percent of the state's total workforce employed by the industry. Some 12,200 of these workers are in full-time positions.

Since 2013, the number of clean energy employees has increased by 29 percent. There are 1,300 more workers this year compared to last year.

"Clean energy is a vibrant part of the state's economy that is helping to make our energy future more secure," the report noted. "We look forward to continued progress in this sector as the State works to make Vermont more affordable with increased economic development while protecting Vermont's most vulnerable."

Employment in the clean transportation sector specifically increased by 37 percent in the last year, making it the fastest-growing category employment-wise of all sectors of the state's clean energy industry, Vermont Business Magazine noted.

However, energy efficiency is still the largest clean energy sector by employment in Vermont, with 10,600 workers. Employment in this category increased by 24 percent last year.

Currently, Vermont has more than 19,000 clean energy employees.