Energy Futures Initiative, NASEO and BWRP publish online energy, efficiency and vehicular employment data repository

Published on October 01, 2020 by Chris Galford

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A cooperative effort from the Energy Futures Initiative, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and BW Research Partnership (BWRP) has yielded a new, online resource for data on energy, energy efficiency, and motor vehicles employment from 2017-2020.

Divided into sector, subsector, and technology across national and state levels, the data sets cover petroleum, coal, nuclear, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency efforts, motor vehicles, and other technology areas. Its authors cite concerns over the American worker, and the data is meant to help researchers and policymakers alike in formulating initiatives to aid the economy.

“Since we started collecting this data in 2015, it’s been proven that five critical sectors of the energy economy have produced jobs at double the rate of the economy as a whole,” Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and founder of EFI, said. “Understanding energy and its role in job creation in the U.S. economy is now more important than ever as we plan our post-COVID19 economic recovery and a reinvestment in our energy infrastructure.”

The energy sector has sustained heavy job losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector has lobbied Congress heavily in the last few months for continuing assistance to weather restrictions.

“These datasets will be a valuable resource to our governors’ energy directors and staff to help job creation, energy security, and clean energy-focused economic development,” added David Terry, Executive Director of NASEO. “We are deeply grateful to the diverse sponsors of the USEER, including over a dozen states across the country, for their support of the data collection.”