Advanced Energy Jobs In Florida Grows To 140,000

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New figures from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute has shown that the advanced energy industry is responsible for over 140,000 jobs in Florida.

A new report published by the national association of US business leaders, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute), has reported that Florida employed an estimated 140,282 advanced energy workers throughout 2015, nearly double that found in the agriculture industry, more than the real estate industry, and equal to that found in schools, colleges, and training institutions.

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The Floridian jobs covered a range of fields and technologies, including energy efficiency, electricity generation technologies such as solar, grid management, and advanced transportation.

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“In Florida and around the country, advanced energy has become a significant market segment,” said Graham Richard, CEO of the AEE. “That is paying off in jobs for Floridians. This report also shows that there is more room to grow. That’s good news for advanced energy companies and for the economy of Florida.”

In addition to the number of jobs, the report found that there are an estimated 25,528 employers engaged in the advance energy industry across Florida.

Advanced energy companies are also expecting to add more than 5,000 new jobs by the end of 2016.

“It is not surprising that advanced energy jobs in Florida are growing,” said State Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral), Chairman, House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee. “We need to provide a strong business environment that helps to foster the growth of these companies – with the least government intrusion as possible. The message we need to send is that Florida is open for business.”

The energy efficiency sector accounts for three-quarters, or 76%, of Florida’s total advanced energy jobs, employing 106,000 workers. Advanced electricity generation is second with 23,500 workers, with solar workers making up a significant portion of the overall figure. Advanced transportation employs nearly 8,000 workers.

Further detailed findings from the report, and access to the report itself, can be found here.


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