Repowering the Midwest economy with clean energy jobs
Clean Jobs Midwest is an annual report based on survey data on clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states.
Clean Jobs Midwest is an annual report based on survey data on clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states. These states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Clean Jobs Midwest reports employment and economic growth in the clean energy industry, which includes renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuels, for the Midwest region.
This report shares the story of clean energy employment in the Midwest and serves as a tool for advocates and policymakers as they develop and strengthen public policy to expand clean energy and foster cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.
Key takeaways from the 2021 report
- Over 677,000 Midwesterners work in the clean energy industry
- 2020 was the first year since the report started in which the region lost clean energy jobs (due to the pandemic-induced recession), although there were a few bright spots:
- Jobs in advanced transportation increased in every state, driven by the growth of electric vehicles and hybrids
- Wind jobs grew by 4% in the Midwest and now employs more than 37,800 people
- Energy Efficiency remains the largest clean energy sector in the region, employing over 470,000 people
Evergreen Climate Innovations develops Clean Jobs Midwest in partnership with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) with support from the McKnight Foundation to tell the story of the region’s clean energy sector. Survey research for this report was conducted by BW Research Partnership, a national leader in workforce and economic development research.
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