Moving from Coal to Efficiency: An Analysis of State-Level Employment Impacts.
Abstract: Coal production in the Central Appalachian basin is projected to
decline by 74 percent over the next decade, signaling a need for greater diversification in
the region's economy. Can investment in energy efficiency programs compensate for projected
job losses in coal-dependent regions? Selecting Kentucky as a case study, this research
models the statewide employment impacts associated ... read morewith energy efficiency programs. An
economic impact assessment model known as IMPLAN is used to trace spending on energy
efficiency programs and estimate the cumulative effects on employment. The goal of this
research is to assess whether and to what extent energy efficiency programs can compensate
for inevitable coal industry job losses. Analysis indicates that robust support for home
weatherization and energy services can create nearly 4,000 direct job-years through 2017,
reduce household expenses for poor populations, and offset regional declines in coal
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Mary Davis.
Keywords: Energy, Environmental economics, and Sociology.read less