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Clean energy takes a lot of work – and that’s good news for Minnesota’s job market.

Mast: “This rapid transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy is driving significant job growth all across the state.”

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That’s Gregg Mast of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota. He says clean energy and energy efficiency jobs grew almost four times faster than all other job types in the state between 2015 and 2016.

Now, more than 57,000 Minnesotans work in these fields. Most are employed in energy efficiency – for example, installing high-efficiency appliances or constructing energy-efficient buildings.

A small but rapidly-growing number are also working in clean energy generation, such as installing solar panels and wind turbines.

This new economic growth comes as several coal-fired power plants are expected to close in the next decade. The growth of clean energy does not automatically lead to jobs for former coal workers.

Mast: “There’ll be a need for a focused effort on retraining workers as the energy economy continues to transform.”

But if trends continue, these industries will reduce global warming pollution while putting more Minnesotans to work.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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