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October 2020

Southeast Job Losses and Gains, March – September 2020

Source: Clean Energy Employment Initial Impacts from the COVID-19 Economic Crisis, September 2020, E4 the Future

Highlights

  • The U.S. lost over 477,000 clean energy jobs from March to September.
  • Nationally, job losses in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors increased almost 14% since the pre-pandemic era.
  • 12,500 jobs were added nationally in September.
  • Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina experienced the greatest losses in April; and Florida and North Carolina gained back the most jobs in June.
  • Jobs were added monthly between March and September.
  • June saw the highest job gains across the region.
  • The Southeast states experienced small but steady job increases July through September.

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Highlights

  • Since March, utility disconnections have paused and restarted. In the Southeast, moratoria remain in Kentucky.
  • NARUC has a new map of disconnection moratoria and the status of payment plans.
  • Regulators and utilities using several means to ease the strain on customers:
    • Increasing energy efficiency funding
    • Leveraging charitable contributions
    • Redirecting surplus (lowering natural gas prices)
    • Offering bill payment assistance and flexible payment plans
NARUC Map of Disconnection Moratoria

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