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Southeast Job Losses and Gains, March – September 2020
- 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.
- E4 The Future’s blog shares the individual, personal, and resilient stories of the energy efficiency workforce.
- Utility Dive takes a look at how utilities can support diverse business entities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
- 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
- Georgia Power Foundation invests $1 million to support state in COVID-19 recovery
- Knoxville Utility Board receives more than $4 million to help customers pay utility bills
- Huntsville Utilities COVID-19 relief fund supports charity groups and local customers
- Governor Cooper announces $175 million in assistance with rental, utility payments for North Carolinians
- NRECA supports bill to keep families connected to broadband amid pandemic
- 3 ways utilities can help low-income families impacted by COVID-19