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Missouri Has Twice as Many Energy Efficiency Jobs as Kansas - Why?

3 months ago | Sep 19, 2018
By: Leilani Grey

The energy efficiency industry has the potential to create many new jobs in the state of Kansas. The energy efficiency industry has added more new jobs than any other industry in the U.S.  A new report from E4TheFuture and E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), highlights how energy efficiency jobs can positively impact local economies. 

• 11% of energy efficiency jobs are held by veterans, nearly double the national average for veterans’ share of employment (6%)

• In 40 states and the District of Columbia, more Americans work in energy efficiency than work with fossil fuels

• Construction and manufacturing make up over 70% of U.S. energy efficiency jobs

• More than 1 million energy efficiency jobs are in heating, ventilation, and cooling technologies

• Energy efficiency employers are expecting 9% job growth in 2018

• Small businesses are driving America’s energy efficiency job boom, with 79% of energy efficiency businesses employing fewer than 20 workers

Despite the Kansas legislature's passage of the Kansas Energy Efficiency Investment Act in 2014. Kansas residents and businesses find themselves at a competitive disadvantage with little to no energy efficiency programs offered in the state. Meanwhile, the residents of Missouri have access to rebates and programs that help them use less energy, thus reducing their energy costs.  The Kansas Corporation Commission has yet to approve the KEEI Act. 

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