The Midwest is now home to 714,257 clean energy jobs,
according to the 2018 Clean Jobs Midwest Report published by Clean Energy Trust
and Environmental Entrepreneurs. Clean energy workers do a lot more than
install solar panels and wind turbines — this industry includes energy
efficiency workers, advancing technology for our electric grid, researching
clean fuels, and figuring out ways to advance our transportation.
There’s a strong case for business optimism for the
industry, despite policy uncertainty. Across the region, renewable energy jobs grew by 5 percent over the last year.
Midwestern clean energy employers have a positive outlook and project over 32,000 jobs will be added this year,
a 4.5 percent growth rate.
Here are a few of the top highlights for the Midwest:
Illinois has the most renewable energy jobs in the Midwest. Michigan has the
most clean energy jobs in the Midwest, with 122,264. Renewable energy grew 16.5
percent in Minnesota this past year – the fastest in the Midwest. Finally,
Missouri is adding clean energy jobs faster than any other Midwestern state.
You can read the full report for twelve Midwest states or see the results at a glance below. Read on to learn how many clean energy jobs are in your state!
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Illinois Clean Energy
Illinois is home to
119,377 clean energy jobs and leads the Midwest in energy efficiency jobs
(86,916, a 3.5 percent growth rate) and renewable energy jobs (16,956, 7.6
percent). By comparison, Illinois is home to just 31,821 fossil fuel jobs.
Illinois has 8,633 wind jobs (up nearly 4 percent) and 5,222
solar jobs (down nearly 2 percent). Illinois
has the most renewable energy jobs in the Midwest.
The future is bright for Illinois, because the Future Energy
Jobs Act puts the state on track to obtain a quarter of its electricity from
renewable energy by 2025 and strengthen energy efficiency standards. This
provides certainty to clean energy businesses, and job growth is expected to
continue in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.
Read the full report about Illinois.
Indiana Clean Energy
Indiana is home to 83,752
clean energy jobs. These clean energy jobs make up a 2.5 percent share of
the state’s total workforce. Indiana’s clean energy employers project they will
add more than 5,000 jobs in the next
year, a 6.1 percent growth rate.
Renewable energy jobs are the third-largest clean energy job
sector in Indiana and grew 2.2 percent. This includes 6,549 wind jobs and 3,641
solar jobs. There are also nearly 4,000 advanced grid jobs, which are mainly
focused in the energy storage industry.
Read the full report about Indiana.
Iowa Clean Energy
Iowa currently has 30,537
clean energy jobs in the state, most of which are in energy efficiency and
renewable energy. In fact, there are 3,951
Iowans employed in wind energy (up 2 percent) and 858 in solar energy (up 15
Wind energy is the dominant renewable energy sector in the
state and grew 9.2 percent last year. With a 2,000 MW wind project being built
between 2017 and 2019, one of the largest in the nation, there is a significant
amount of wind development in Iowa – and that’s good for wind workers.
Recent legislation was passed that could curtail investment
in energy efficiency, which could lead to job losses in this sector over the
Read the full report about Iowa.
Michigan Clean Energy
Michigan has 122,264
clean energy jobs, leading the Midwest and placing fifth in the nation.
However, due to federal policy uncertainty and economic trends, especially in
the alternative transportation industry, there was a 5.7 percent decrease in
jobs from 2016-2017.
The renewable energy
sector is the third-largest sector at 11,207 jobs. In the past year,
renewable jobs increased by one percent and was the only clean energy sector in
Michigan to add jobs. There are
currently 5,532 solar energy jobs (6 percent decrease) and 4,736 wind energy
jobs in Michigan (4 percent increase).
Clean energy is going to play a bigger role in Michigan with
each coming year by providing jobs to wind technicians in Gratiot County,
employing factory workers in Detroit for advanced vehicles, and high-efficiency
HVAC installers for school districts in the Upper Peninsula.
Read the full report about Michigan.
Minnesota is home to 59,079
clean energy jobs in every county of the state. The state added 1,522 jobs
from 2016-2017, growing more than twice as fast as the overall state job
market. In fact, clean energy employs six times more Minnesota residents than
fossil fuels, and 40 percent of clean energy workers are employed in Greater
Renewable energy was
the fastest-growing clean energy sector in the state with 16.5 percent annual
job growth – the highest in the Midwest. Renewable energy employs 7,241
Minnesotans, adding 1,026 jobs in the last year. Wind employs 2,088 Minnesotans
(6 percent growth rate) and solar employs 4,496 (18 percent growth rate).
energy employers project they will add almost 2,700 jobs in the next year –
growth rate of 4.6 percent.
You can read more about Minnesota’s clean energy economy at
the Clean Energy Economy MN website here,
including job totals for every county, congressional district, and state
Read the full report about Minnesota.
Missouri Clean Energy
Missouri employs 54,581
people in clean energy jobs and added 1,653 jobs in 2016-2017.
Renewable energy is Missouri’s third-largest clean energy
employer, which grew 6 percent last year to 5,071 jobs. Solar energy employs
3,068 people but fell 3 percent from 2016 to 2017. Wind energy employs 1,130 Missourians and grew 9 percent.
Clean energy jobs make up 1.79 percent of all jobs in the
state, and clean energy employers in the state anticipate another 2.2 percent
growth in the next year. Missouri is
adding clean energy jobs faster than every other state in the Midwest.
Read the full report about Missouri.
North Dakota Clean
North Dakota is home to 8,816 clean energy jobs, growing just under 1 percent last year. Of these, renewable energy jobs grew by 100 jobs, a 5
percent growth rate. Clean energy now accounts for 2.13 percent of the
state’s overall labor force.
Renewable energy is
the state’s second-largest clean energy employer with 2,232 jobs and grew 5
percent in the last year. Wind energy employs 1,782 North Dakotans (2
percent growth rate) and solar energy employs 255 North Dakotans (2 percent
North Dakota’s clean energy jobs make up 2.13 percent of all
jobs in the state, and North Dakota’s business owners project they will hire
0.6 percent more workers this year. The clean energy sector has performed well
compared to North Dakota’s overall economy; clean energy grew almost 1 percent
while the state’s job market shrunk by just under 1 percent.
Read the full report about North Dakota.
South Dakota Clean
South Dakota is home to 11,078
clean energy jobs. Wind energy
employs 1,513 South Dakotans and grew 2.1 percent over the last year. Solar
jobs fell 4.6 percent due to federal policy uncertainty and expiring tax
credits; 603 solar workers are employed in the state.
In South Dakota, 10.6 percent of clean energy jobs are
filled by veterans, which is much higher than the 6 percent national average.
Jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and more will
continue to provide family-supporting careers across the state.
Read the full report about South Dakota.
Wisconsin is home to 75,044
clean energy jobs, but faced a 1 percent decline over the past year due to
uncertain federal policy. Clean energy employers in Wisconsin are optimistic
and project to add 1,500 jobs in the
next year, a 2 percent growth rate.
Renewable energy is the second-largest sector for clean
energy jobs in Wisconsin with 5,660. Wind
jobs grew by 6 percent last year and now employs 1,549 people. Solar,
however, declined 6 percent to 3,802 employees due to expiring tax credits and
Clean energy jobs in Wisconsin range from manufacturing and
construction to professional services and will continue to provide economic
opportunity for thousands of Wisconsinites.
Read the full report about Wisconsin.
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