Thursday, June 11, 2009

Delaware Losing Green Jobs?

The News Journal reports that a study of the green economy by the Pew Charitable Trusts has unwelcome news about Delaware. The Pew study, titled "The Clean Energy Economy," finds that Delaware is one a few states that has lost green jobs between 1998 and 2007—a disappointing result in a sector that has been growing nationwide.
According to the study, 43 green technology patents were awarded in Delaware between 1998 and 2007, just one half of one percent of the national total. It may not sound that impressive, but it is higher than the national average on a per capita basis. The problem, as DNREC secretary Collin O’Mara points out, is that Delaware hasn’t done very well in turning those patents into jobs:
O'Mara said Delaware is doing well in the area of green-energy patents, but has had trouble turning that into local jobs.
"There's a disconnect," O'Mara said.
The disconnect may have something to do with a lack of venture capital. Only $3.3 million was raised in Delaware for green industry—just 0.03 percent of the national total during the period.


Anonymous kavips said...

That loss can be overturned with the installation of a wind turbine business in the state of Delaware. In one year we would go from negative over the entire spread, to positive.

4:50 AM, June 17, 2009  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

As I reported recently, John Carney's firm want to build wind power towers in Claymont:

7:20 AM, June 17, 2009  

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