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Business groups promoting cap and trade bill cites more than 50,000 jobs in the sector in Oregon

COURTESY E2 - Report shows where the jobs are in Oregon's clean energy sector. To bolster support for the Clean Energy Jobs bill, a carbon emissions cap and trade system before the 2019 Legislature, environmentally minded businesses released a new report showing there are 55,179 jobs in the clean energy field in Oregon. The report was produced by the national group Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, and a local affiliate, Oregon Business for Climate.

The bulk of those jobs — 41,958 — are in energy-efficiency fields. There also are 6,212 jobs in solar energy and 1,288 in wind power, plus 2,279 jobs in clean vehicles and 694 jobs in alternative clean fuels.

More than one-fourth of the jobs are in rural Oregon.

Democratic leaders have identified the Clean Energy Jobs bill as a top priority in the 2019 session, though is sure to be significant opposition among business groups and their supporters in the Legislature.

"Oregon presents the ideal environment for businesses to invest in the growing clean energy sector," said Mike Mercer, E2 Oregon consultant, in a statement accompanying the new report. "Not only is the state home to an established clean job market, it's proximity to the nation's top clean energy market in California makes it a prime candidate for new clean energy investment and development – particularly in renewables and grid modernization."

Oregon ranks 14th-highest among the states in total solar energy jobs, and between 18th-highest and 21st-highest in energy efficiency, wind energy, clean vehicles and grid and storage jobs.

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