Clean Jobs Midwest is an annual report based on survey data on clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states.

These states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Midwest’s clean energy industry employed 677,919 people in sectors including renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuels at the end of 2020. 

Clean Energy Trust partners with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) to publish this comprehensive report.

Clean energy jobs include jobs in both traditional and emerging sectors like renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuels.

Clean Jobs Midwest reports employment and growth in clean energy technologies across the Midwest. The data and analyses presented in this report by Clean Energy Trust and E2 are based on data collected for the 2021 U.S. Energy Employment Report (2021 USEER), produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and collected and analyzed by BW Research Partnership (BWRP).

Review detailed Clean Jobs Midwest project survey methodology here.

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We'd like to thank our partners for working together to develop a process that delivers ongoing clean energy jobs research and insights to the country, with a focus on the Midwest region.

Clean Energy Trust provides catalytic capital and support to early-stage startups in the Mid-Continent region of the United States working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization, and environmental sustainability. Based in Chicago, Clean Energy Trust invests in and provides hands-on support to help entrepreneurs scale and succeed. To date, Clean Energy Trust has helped its 36 portfolio companies raise $34 of additional investment for every $1 Clean Energy Trust has invested.

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for our economy and good for our environment. Our members, who live or do business in nearly every state in the country, have founded or funded 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.

BW Research is an applied research firm committed to providing the most accurate, reliable data and analyses to support better investments, policies, and decisions for our clients. BW Research has conducted numerous clean energy jobs reports and has developed an Energy Employment Index for the entire United States.

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is the only national non-profit organization of governor-designated energy officials from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories. Formed in 1986, NASEO facilitates peer learning among state energy officials, serves as a resource for and about state energy policies and programs, and advocates the interests of the states.

The Energy Futures Initiative was established by former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to provide policymakers, industry executives, NGOs, and other leaders options on how to advance a cleaner, safer, more affordable, and secure energy future.

We'd like to thank our generous supporters for backing this important endeavor.

McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research. The Foundation has approximately $2.3 billion in assets and grants about $90 million a year.

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