States like California and Massachusetts lead the list of places in the U.S. where the “clean economy” has made the fastest strides, with big public and private projects in solar power, wind power, and energy efficiency. But what coastal denizens call the flyover states are catching up fast. The Midwest has created about 569,000 green jobs in the past few years, according to a new report from E2 and Clean Energy Trust.
Illinois has more clean energy jobs than any state in the Midwest and a stronger projected job growth rate than the region as a whole, but the state took a hit in wind and solar jobs last year, according to a new report by E2 and Clean Energy Trust.
Think about the Midwest and you might think corn or cows or car manufacturing. Here’s what you should also think: Clean energy. A comprehensive new analysis by Clean Energy Trust (CET), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and partners across 12 states shows that the Midwest has become a clean energy jobs powerhouse in recent years. About 569,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy in the states stretching from the Dakotas to Ohio.