Small businesses are speaking up about the benefits of clean energy or energy efficiency measures. Some are uniting their voices through the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a nationwide organization that represents 2,000 chambers of commerce from all over the U.S.
E2 called Utah “a hive of clean energy activity,” ranking it No. 1 among states that created clean energy jobs in this year’s third quarter. “Clearly, the private sector in Utah is taking advantage of the state’s vast wind and solar resources. “There’s more opportunity out there for Utah’s companies and workers, but leaders in Salt Lake City and D.C. must take action on strengthening clean energy policies,” E2 spokesman Jeff Benzak said.
For the wind industry, the inclusion of the PTC renewal is indisputably good news. According to Jim Reilly, the senior vice president of federal legislative affairs for AWEA, the PTC’s renewal would bring back a policy that “helped create tens of thousands of wind energy jobs and attracted hundreds of billions of dollars in private investment to the U.S. economy.”