The energy-efficiency sector is creating new green jobs hand over fist, and the U.S. Department of Energy is getting ready to stir the pot with assistance from the iconic company GE. The public-private partnership centers around an energy-efficient, “ultrasonic” clothes-drying system that uses 70 percent less energy than conventional clothes dryers.
Tennessee has a great deal of flexibility in how we can reduce our carbon footprint. We can provide incentives for people and companies to invest in efficiency; we can encourage power companies to get more electricity from wind and solar power; and we can support our rural area economies by encouraging the use of precision agriculture.
A new study shows that Tennessee is a leader in clean energy job creation, and recent policy developments could accelerate clean energy job growth significantly. The EPA recently released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the first federal rule limiting existing power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions – the leading pollutant driving manmade climate change. This represents a giant leap in the right direction for Tennessee and the nation as a whole.