Where Wisconsin has about 25,000 people employed in clean energy jobs, Illinois, which ranks first in the Midwest, employs 112,000 people in clean energy jobs. Apparently, Gov. Scott Walker’s invitation a few years ago to Illinois companies to move north wasn’t extended to the renewable energy industry. Too bad: Wisconsin workers could use those jobs.
Wisconsin ranks ninth among 12 Midwest states in a ranking released Tuesday of jobs in the clean energy sector — including energy efficiency, renewable energy and biofuels. E2, Clean Energy Trust and other groups released the report, which found Wisconsin companies employ nearly 25,000 in those fields, primarily in the area of energy efficiency.
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.