DOE Jobs Report Features Data on Bioenergy, Biofuels Employment
by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. To complete its analysis, the DOE administered a new supplemental survey to more than 30,000 energy sector employers. The resulting report, titled “2017 Energy and Employment Report,” shows a dramatic growth in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016.
“This report verifies the dynamic role that our energy technologies and infrastructure play in a 21st century economy,” said DOE Senior Advisor on Industrial and Economic Policy David Foster. “Whether producing natural gas or solar power at increasingly lower prices or reducing our consumption of energy through smart grids and fuel efficient vehicles, energy innovation is proving itself as the important driver of economic growth in America, producing 14 percent of the new jobs in 2016.”
The report includes data on a wide variety of energy and energy efficiency sectors, including biomass power and biofuels.
The report shows corn ethanol fuels employment represents approximately 3 percent of the nation’s fuel workforce, accounting for 28,613 jobs. The sector is primarily comprised of agriculture and wholesale trade. … The report shows corn ethanol has a small proportion of Asian, Black or African American workers, but almost a quarter of employees are 55 years of age or older.
The category other ethanol and non-woody biomass fuels, including biodiesel, employs just over 2 percent of the fuels workforce, equating to 23,088 jobs. The report notes that because non-woody biomass represents a small portion of the nation’s fuel source, the majority of employment is concentrated in professional and business services, likely research and development.
The category of other biofuels includes early-stage research and development and encompasses algal biofuel, syngas, bioheat blends, landfill gas and advanced biofuels. Together these subtechnologies employ 22,504 workers. READ MORE Download report