As the Saginaw River shipping industry looks to rebound from a decade of decline, ports are making a push to diversify cargo and build the region into a more attractive hub for industry. The wind turbine blades spotted on the river last month and the turbine components hauled in by rail might just be the beginning.
Small businesses are speaking up about the benefits of clean energy or energy efficiency measures. Some are uniting their voices through the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a nationwide organization that represents 2,000 chambers of commerce from all over the U.S.
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.