Minnesota’s Growing Clean Energy Jobs

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We kicked off September with an exciting announcement that Minnesota’s clean energy sector grew 5.3 percent and now totals more than 57,000 jobs. This growth was nearly four times faster than jobs in all other areas of Minnesota’s economy. See more highlights and information about clean energy jobs on our website here.


To deliver the news, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), Sen. Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato), Ken Smith CEO of Ever-Green Energy, Ben Granley President of Werner Electric, and Aaron Pyfferoen, Manager of Solar Procurement for Blattner Energy joined our Executive Director Gregg Mast for an in-person press conference and media call with Greater Minnesota news outlets at the State Capitol on September 7th.


Since then, more than a dozen stories from news outlets across the state have shared the announcement. As an organization driven to educate, build collaboration, and catalyze action for energy efficiency and clean energy we are thrilled that this report is furthering conversation of how clean, reliable, and affordable energy can deliver economic benefits—jobs, competitive electricity rates, and greater consumer choice—to Minnesotans.


Check out the coverage

Following the announcement, Ben Granley from Werner Electric was interviewed by WCCO, click the photo to watch the news clip:


In case you missed the coverage, here’s a round up of the stories:




  • The Glean (short blurb), Brian Lambert, MinnPost, September 8, 2017. Mentions the 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest report. ‘Clean energy jobs grew four times faster than all other sectors of the state’s economy… A decade ago, Minnesota set a goal of getting 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. We’re nearly there. So lawmakers are pushing to double that with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard’