U.S. Studies of the Employment Impacts of Clean Energy Policies

Some highlights from U.S. studies published in the summer of 2012 include: A report from Michigan State University focuses on the investment and job impacts that would result from increasing Michigan’s renewable energy generation to 25% of total electricity by the year 2025. The “25 by 25″ proposal will appear on 2012 election ballot for Michigan voters. See Projected Job and Investment Impacts of Policy Requiring 25% Renewable Energy by 2025 in Michigan, at: http://www.environmentalcouncil.org/mecReports/MSU_Jobs_Report_25x25.pdf


Illinois ranked 4th in the United States in overall installed wind capacity and currently hosts 42 wind power projects. 23 of these projects have in excess of 50 MW capacity. A report published in June by the University of Illinois Center for Renewable Energy uses the JEDI model to analyze the economic impacts for those 23 projects. Findings: those 23 projects created approximately 19,047 full-time equivalent jobs during construction (with a total payroll of over $1.1 billion) and support approximately 814 permanent jobs in rural Illinois areas.

See Wind Energy Development in Illinois June 2012 at: http://renewableenergy.illinoisstate.edu/wind/publications/2012EconomicImpactReportForWeb.pdf

The Center for American Progress published an analysis of the potential for clean energy installations on public land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. They project that these states could stimulate more than $137 billion in investment in solar, wind, and geothermal energy over the next two decades, create more than 209,000 direct jobs, and provide electricity for 7 million homes. See The Vast Potential for Renewable Energy in the American West: Developing Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy on Public Lands at: http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2012/08/pdf/renewable_energy_west.pdf

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