(September 22, 2020)
Green energy job growth in Texas was on the rise prior to the pandemic, averaging around double the overall increase in employment during 2019. However, a recent study by the Texas Advanced Energy Business Association shows that COVID-19 hit green energy employment hard. Even so, advocates hope that the growth of renewables and support for energy efficiency initiatives mean that the sector could lead an economic recovery in the near future.
Jobs grew in the advanced energy sector – which includes renewables, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency – by 4 percent in 2019. That growth took total clean energy employment in Texas to more than 254,000, making green energy a larger employer than the real estate sector (230,000) and chemical manufacturing (83,000).
Based on a survey carried out last fall, industry leaders were expecting to expand employment by 5 percent this year. However, 10 percent of clean energy jobs, or about 25,000 positions, were quickly disappeared following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Although some of these jobs returned by the end of June, advanced energy employment remains well below its pre-pandemic level.