Report: clean energy jobs grew fast in Georgia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

June 10, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new report says clean energy jobs in Georgia grew at a rate faster than the national average from 1998 to 2007.

Jobs that increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases, waste and pollution, and conserve water and other resources increased 10.8 percent compared with 9.1 percent nationwide, The Pew Charitable Trusts said Wednesday.

In 2007, that amounted to 16,200 jobs, surpassing the national average of 15,106.

Study director Kil Huh says Georgia is a leader in clean technology patents and attracted nearly $180 million in venture capital in just three years. Huh noted that a coal-fired power plant near Albany is being converted "into one of the largest biomass plants in the country."

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