According to a new report issued by Ceres at the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference in Washington D.C., air pollution rules being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for the electric power sector will provide economic benefits and jobs across much of the United States over the next five years. The report by Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups, states that:

  • The total employment created by capital investments (estimated at $200 billion over the next five years) could reach 1.46 million jobs, or about 290,000 jobs on average in each of the next five years.
  • Installing modern pollution controls and building new power plants creates a wide array of skilled, high-paying installation, construction and professional jobs.
  • The states that will see the biggest job gains from this construction activity are Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, North Carolina and Indiana.

The full report is available here (pdf required).