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Wisconsin Setting the Standard for Clean Energy Jobs

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Clean power has many selling points that make a transition away from fossil fuels valuable and necessary, ranging from affordability to reducing emissions to increasing resilience. A great side benefit of the clean power industry is the jobs it creates-- well-paying, reliable, and important jobs that people can get trained for and add to the economy.

Growth in clean energy jobs stalled a bit from 2017 to 2018, owing largely to issues with the solar tariffs. One area of the country, though, where clean energy jobs continued to surge was in Wisconsin:

National advocacy groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust have released a study that found Wisconsin jobs in the clean energy industry grew by 2.4% last year, compared to 2017.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy generation sectors saw the most growth in the state in 2018, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Jobs in Wisconsin's energy efficiency sector, which includes manufacturing efficient lighting or heating systems, increased by 1.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Renewable energy generation jobs grew by 5.4 percent in that same period.

The number of renewable energy jobs across the country declined last year partly due to President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels, according to the report.

The state's solar industry isn't as affected by the tariffs because it relies on small installations, in which panels are more cost-effective, said Tyler Huebner, executive director of advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin.

What signal does it send about the clean energy industry that a state like Wisconsin is leading the charge in clean energy growth? How have you notice the clean energy job market ebbing and flowing?

 

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