Clean energy companies employed more than 71,000 Wisconsinites at the end of 2022, a nearly 1 percent increase from 2021. Clean energy is a significant part of Wisconsin’s economy. More than four times as many Wisconsinites worked in clean energy than the number of lawyers, web developers, and real estate agents combined. Clean energy jobs 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 Wisconsin’s clean energy industry is energy efficiency, comprising nearly 78 percent of the state’s clean energy workforce. The 55,736 energy efficiency workers in Wisconsin 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 7 percent in Wisconsin. The sector added over 384 new jobs for a total of 6,158 workers. Electric vehicle-related jobs accounted for most of the sector’s growth.
Renewable energy jobs in solar (4% growth) and wind (3% growth) continue to see gains throughout the state while smaller, emerging subsectors like battery storage technologies (7% growth) and grid modernization (10% growth) are also continuing to expand.
Clean energy jobs are found in every corner of the state. While cities like Milwaukee (23,087) and Madison (9,698) are some of the largest hubs for clean energy jobs, almost one in five — or more than 14,000 — 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 Wisconsin were in construction and manufacturing.
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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).