Ohio’s Emerging Industry
July 1st, 2012
Ohio has cultivated a substantial and growing advanced energy (AE) industry, building upon the foundation of the state’s historic economic assets, innovative business professionals, and forward-thinking private and public leaders. On the basis of a conservative assessment prepared for AEE Ohio by Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI), the state is home to over 400 advanced energy companies across 22 advanced energy industry segments that collectively employ 25,410 Ohioans as of 2010. This is equiv alent to Ohio employment in the agriculture/forestry and mining categories combined. The largest number of jobs, nearly 7,000, is found in energy-saving building materials – companies that make insulation and other building materials that reduce energy waste and energy costs. The next largest number of jobs, nearly 4,000, is found in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and building controls – firms that improve performance of the largest drivers of energy use in buildings.