Biofuels boosts Colorado’s alternative energy economy

In Colorado, the state really stands out when it comes to biofuels with 5,900 workers involved in making fuels from corn and biomass, according to a new report from the business group Advanced Energy Economy. The alternative energy sector employs 3.2 million people in the United States, including 62,800 people in Colorado, with most of the jobs being on the installation and construction sides.

The biofuels category represents 9 percent of advanced energy employment versus only a 2.8 percent concentration nationally, Phil Jordan, vice president at BW Research in Wrentham, Mass., and the report’s author told the Denver Post. The report estimates Colorado will see an 8-percent gain this year in advanced energy jobs, assuming employers can find the workers they need and tariffs on solar panel and steel imports don’t derail installations.

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