MICHAEL RUCKER: Clean energy has big economic impact on Colorado | Pueblo Chieftain
I’ve been a part of Colorado’s clean energy industry for nearly two decades. In that time, I’ve seen wind energy costs plummet, municipalities slash power bills by building energy-efficient schools and the solar market explode from a few diehard renegades to a technology favored by America’s most profitable corporations.
But the most dramatic shift I’ve seen? Jobs.
According to the just-released Clean Jobs Colorado report from the Rocky Mountains chapter of the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and the Golden-based Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, more than 57,500 Coloradans now work in clean energy. Colorado ranks No. 7 nationally in renewable energy jobs and nearly four in 10 local clean energy workers are involved in construction