Studies cite gains in Mass. renewable energy industry

Studies cite gains in Massach  renewable energy industry  Sept 19 2013

20,000 work in state’s renewable industry; Boston tops in efficiency

The state’s clean energy industry continues to thrive, according to two separate reports released Tuesday, with more than 20,000 employees working in renewable energy in Massachusetts and Boston ranked the most energy-efficient US city.

An analysis for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasipublic agency created to support the alternative energy sector, found the jobs in the industry were spread across several energy technologies, including solar, wind, hydropower, and bioenergy, which includes biofuels. Alicia Barton, chief executive of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, said the analysis shows the diversity of the state’s renewable energy sector. “It speaks to our expertise at developing products for market,” she said. . . .