MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin has released the "Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report," the first effort in the state to survey and describe Vermont's clean energy industry.
The report issued Monday said Vermont's clean energy industry employs over 15,000 workers at over 2,600 locations and has seen a 3.4 percent growth in the last year.
The Public Service Department's Clean Energy Development Fund commissioned BW Research Inc. to conduct a study of the clean energy cluster and issue the report.
One of the cornerstones of Shumlin's time as governor has been to find ways to reduce Vermont's dependence on traditional fossil fuels and encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs.
"This report confirms what I've believed for a long time - that the clean energy industry in Vermont is vibrant and vital to our economy, and presents a tremendous opportunity for good paying jobs for Vermonters, as we solve our energy challenges to get off of fossil fuels," Shumlin said. "This report also provides us with an important baseline from which to measure our progress and enable us to see how we're doing compared to other states. I'm pleased to see we're doing quite well."