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Will clean energy create jobs?
Yes! Clean energy now employs 3.5 times more Americans than fossil fuels with 3.2 million Americans working in the clean energy industry in 2021. In the Midwest, 714,323 Americans work clean energy jobs and 561,408 work clean energy jobs in the 9 state CGA footprint.
2021 was a year of growth for the clean energy industry with jobs growing more than 5 percent, following significant job losses in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 and related economic contraction. Now, more than 75 percent of clean energy jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have been regained and South Dakota has already gained more clean energy jobs than it lost!