Clean energy companies employed more than 19,000 Nebraskans at the end of 2022, a 4 percent increase from 2021. Clean energy is a significant part of Nebraska’s economy. In fact, more than three times as many Nebraskans worked in clean energy than the number of lawyers, web developers, and real estate agents combined. In 2022, clean energy jobs grew more than twice as fast as the overall economy, and this growth is expected to continue as federal clean energy and vehicle incentives lead to new clean energy projects, a resurgence of domestic manufacturing, and lower upfront costs for homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements.
The biggest sector in Nebraska’s clean energy industry is energy efficiency, comprising over 68 percent of the state’s clean energy workforce. The 13,345 energy efficiency workers in Nebraska manufacture ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, install efficient lighting, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and install advanced building materials in homes and commercial buildings.
As more automakers and their suppliers continued to shift to electric vehicles, the clean transportation sector saw an increase in employment of nearly 8 percent in Nebraska. The sector added over 155 new jobs for a total of 2,178 workers. Electric vehicle-related jobs accounted for most of the sector’s growth.
Renewable energy jobs in solar (4% growth) and wind (5% growth) continue to see gains throughout the state while smaller, emerging subsectors like battery storage technologies (14% growth) and grid modernization (10% growth) are also continuing to grow.
Clean energy jobs are found in every corner of the state. While big cities like Omaha (7,813) and Lincoln (3,527) are some of the largest hubs for clean energy jobs, more than one in three — or nearly 8,000 — jobs are in rural areas.
While recent federal policies, including investments and tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades, EV and solar purchases and new clean energy projects create strong tailwinds, there is still more to do. To meet the nation’s climate goals of reducing climate emissions by 50 percent by 2030, improve equity in the clean energy economy and grow clean energy jobs, lawmakers and policymakers should:
Across all clean energy sectors, the majority of clean energy jobs in Nebraska were in construction and professional services.
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Unless otherwise stated, the data and analyses presented in this report by Evergreen Climate Innovations and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) are based on data collected for the 2023 U.S. Energy Employment Report (2023 USEER), produced by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and collected and analyzed by BW Research Partnership (BWRP).