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Jobs Impact of a National Renewable Electricity Standard

By Lisa Frantzis

In February 2010, CEOs representing America’s renewable energy industries announced a major new study showing that a 25% by 2025 national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) would result in hundreds of thousands of new American jobs and prevent a near-term collapse in some industries.

 

The Jobs Impact of a National Renewable Electricity Standard study, conducted by Navigant found that a 25% by 2025 national RES would result in 274,000 more renewable energy jobs over no-national RES policy. This additional employment is equivalent to 2.36 million additional job-years by 2025. The study found that new jobs would be supported by renewable energy in every region of the United States and that the biomass, hydropower and waste-to-energy industries, in particular, would see significant job gains in the Southeast. Without stronger near-term targets than currently envisioned, the study found that industries like wind will experience flat job growth and long-term stagnation, while the U.S. biomass industry could collapse altogether. The RES Alliance recommended raising near-term RES targets in federal legislation to 12% in 2014 and 20% in 2020.

 

Perspectives

U.S. Renewable Energy Markets: Focus on Texas Wind

As the 2010 U.S. wind market is expected to fall to 4-6 GW (from 10 GW in 2009), the article looks at the Texas wind market, and gives an overview of drivers and barriers of wind development, transmission planning and interconnection constraints, and wind integration constraints.

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A Technology Roadmap Towards a Low Carbon Electric System: A Utility's Experience Sharing

In this paper, Navigant Consulting's Andrew Kinross and Priscilla Lee, and John W. M. Cheng and Chi Cheung Ngan of CLP Research Institute present one power utility's experience in developing a...

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This article by Navigant's Frank Stern, published by Association of Energy Services Professionals, considers whether utility program evaluation skills are applicable to evaluating the impacts of...

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Lisa Frantzis

Lisa Frantzis is a Managing Director for Renewable and Distributed Energy at Navigant. She has 30 years of experience in managing extensive technical, market, and economic analyses of renewable energy systems.

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