A new analysis of employment in the renewable energy sector found that about 70 percent of U.S. renewable energy systems and components are manufactured abroad. The study was released by the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, business and environmental leaders who advocate for the advancement of the country's clean energy industries. If America continues to import the same proportion of renewable energy systems, the report concluded, the country stands to lose out on an estimated 100,000 manufacturing jobs by 2015, and up to 250,000 manufacturing jobs by 2030.
By contrast, The New York Times Green Inc. blog has a post about a new study showing that nearly all energy efficiency equipment used in the United States is also made here. The study found that about 96 percent of caulking used domestically is made here, and various types of attic and wall insulation, as well as spray foam and duct sheet metal, are all over 90 percent American-manufactured. The study also found that 96 percent of replacement windows for American buildings are made here. The study was sponsored by the Home Performance Resource Center, a group linked to the energy efficiency advocacy group Efficiency First.