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Clean energy is moving from trend to business-as-usual, but skilled labor is proving hard to find.
When most of us hear the words “energy efficiency” we might think of swapping out our light bulbs or purchasing low-flow showerheads, little things, but likely not something most of get jazzed about.
“Clean energy” advocates this summer asserted Minnesota’s conservation-and renewable industries are growing jobs faster than the overall economy.
With Minnesota’s utilities set to exceed the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, a statewide clean energy association is talking with candidates for governor to promote a higher mandate, to help attract renewables investment and jobs.
Recently, the Clean Jobs Midwest Report revealed that Minnesota was home to more than 59,000 clean energy workers, and those jobs were growing at a rate twice as fast as overall job growth in the state.
Emergent renewable energy sources tend to get the spotlight when the conversation turns to sustainability, but old-fashioned conservation is still a major prong in reducing consumers’ carbon footprints.
Minnesota’s cities are leading the push towards 100 percent renewable energy — but its investor-owned utilities like Xcel Energyand Minnesota Power have some catching up to do.
The new clean energy economy provides over four times more jobs in the Great Lakes region than the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, according to EWG’s analysis of recent reports.
Minnesota is a leader in the Midwest for the growth of clean energy jobs, employing more than 59,000 workers from every county across the state.
The born-again, century-old “Old Main Heating Plant” on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota is a proxy for a greener Minnesota’s economy.