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Midwest Becomes ‘Key Destination’ For Clean Energy Investment

Midwest Becomes ‘Key Destination’ For Clean Energy Investment

Posted on Aug. 21, 2018 by Clive Gomes

Known as ‘America's Heartland’, Midwest region has emerged as the ‘key destination’ for the investors associated with the clean energy sector in the country. According to a recent analysis by Clean Energy Trust (CET) and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), over 714,000 people work in clean energy industries across the Midwest. The Clean Jobs Midwest report stated that at the end of 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, the region’s clean energy economy employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers and Web developers in the Midwest combined. while renewable energy comes in second with around 83,127 jobs, energy efficiency leads all clean energy sectors, employing more than a half-million workers (513,695) – led by solar and wind (73,675), advanced transportation (79,470), advanced grid (30,104) and clean fuels (7,861). Industry experts see this as a positive move in the renewable energy sector.

The report, which was released in the beginning of this month, highlighted the growing importance of Midwest in America’s transition to renewable energy. According to CET and M2, nearly 4,000 new jobs were created across renewable industries (5% growth) within a year when total U.S. renewable jobs remained stagnant due to decline in other regions.

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clean energy employment across the 12-state region totalled 714,255 at the end of 2017, said the Clean Jobs Midwest report. Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio are three major states generating over 100,000 jobs and ranked in the top 10 for jobs in the clean energy sector. This was followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in top 20. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota are other six states that come in the next top 30. Through these findings, we can view that clean energy jobs in wind, solar and energy efficiency are growing across the region and that the Midwest continues to demonstrate that it is a fertile region for clean energy innovation, enabling businesses to launch, grow and create jobs.

Other key findings of the report included:

  • Over 30,000 Midwesterners work in grid modernization and energy storage
  • Construction (39%) and manufacturing (33%) make up the majority of clean energy jobs
  • 80,000 workers are employed across clean vehicle industries
  • in 2018, employers project 4.5% clean energy job growth
  • Small businesses are driving the region’s clean energy sectors, 71.4% of clean energy businesses employing less than 20 people
  • Veterans nearly 11.6% of Midwesterners employed in clean energy

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