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Midwest Clean Energy Jobs Grow Faster Than Rest of Nation

Clean energy is a major employer in the Midwest with 737,031 jobs. In 2018, the industry added more than 28,000 jobs.

That’s a 4 percent growth rate, and it’s more than the industry’s national growth rate of 3.6 percent. Energy efficiency continues to be the largest Midwestern clean energy employer; the sector is home to 70 percent of all the region’s clean energy jobs. Thousands of different Midwestern companies and establishments hire clean energy workers in any given year. Combined, these employers anticipate adding more than 51,000 clean energy jobs in 2019 — a 7 percent growth rate.


  • Energy Efficiency – 526,800 jobs
  • Renewable Energy – 85,372 jobs
  • Energy Storage – 13,136 jobs
  • Solar Energy – 38,911 jobs
  • Wind Energy – 35,932 jobs
  • Clean Vehicles – 91,740 jobs
  • Grid Modernization – 12,245 jobs
  • ALL Clean Energy Sectors – 737,031 jobs


  • More than 25,000 Midwesterners now work in grid modernization (12,200) and energy storage (13,100).
  • Construction (41.5%) and manufacturing (30.6%) make up the majority of clean energy jobs categorized by value chain.
  • Clean fuels technologies employ nearly 8,000 workers in the 12-state region.
  • Combined, solar (38,900) and wind (35,900) account for 88 percent of renewable energy jobs in the Midwest.
  • Fossil fuels employ (187,700) barely a quarter the number of clean energy workers overall in the Midwest (737,030).
  • Electric power generation jobs using fossil fuels (62,600) employed 20,000 less workers than renewable energy generation (85,300).
  • Small businesses are driving the region’s clean energy sectors, with 4 percent of clean energy businesses employing fewer than 20 individuals.
  • 11.1 percent of Midwesterners employed in clean energy are veterans, compared to the national average of six percent.


This report follows E2’s Clean Jobs America analysis which found the clean energy jobs account for nearly 3.3 million jobs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Both reports expand on data from the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), using data collected and analyzed by the BW Research Partnership. E2 is a partner on the USEER, the fourth installment of the energy survey first released by the Department of Energy in 2016. Clean energy jobs have grown every year since the first report was released in 2016.

If you are looking for additional insight into E2’s Clean Jobs Midwest or our other Clean Jobs America reports, visit e2.org/reports. You can also contact E2 Communications Director Michael Timberlake (mtimberlake@e2.org). An FAQ is also available here to answer any questions.


Updated Clean Jobs Midwest report and interactive pages for all states can always be found at www.CleanJobsMidwest.com.

For the 2019 report specifically, click here to download or visit the resources page at www.cleanjobsmidwest.com to find all the state-specific summaries going back to 2016.


Clean Jobs Midwest is only one in a series of state and industry reports produced by E2 and our partners.


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