Clean energy employs 76,383 in Wisconsin
Waukesha, Milwaukee counties lead the way

Freeman Staff

April 10, 2019

WAUKESHA — The number of clean energy industry jobs continues to grow in Wisconsin, with an additional 1,786 jobs created in 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the Clean Energy Trust and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).

In total, Wisconsin employs 67,198 more workers in clean energy than fossil fuels at 9,185.

The top three Wisconsin counties with clean energy jobs, according to the data, are: Milwaukee County (10,766), Dane County (9,904), and Waukesha County (8,991). There are 28,800 jobs in the Milwaukee and Madison metro areas combined while 19,582 jobs came from Wisconsin’s rural areas.

In fact, Wisconsin’s clean energy workforce employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers and web developers in Wisconsin combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics.

Led by 14 percent growth in advanced transportation, Wisconsin’s clean energy jobs now make up 2.5 percent of all jobs in Wisconsin with employers expecting a 8.4 percent increase in jobs for 2019. Across all industries, clean jobs grew 2.4 percent in 2019.

“Clean energy is a job creator today in Wisconsin, and as the costs for key clean energy products like solar, wind, energy efficiency and clean vehicles continue to fall, we have a big opportunity to employ even more Wisconsinites in this growing industry,” said Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, in a statement.

Energy efficiency once again led all clean energy sectors in Wisconsin, employing 63,141 workers – accounting for eight in 10 of all clean energy workers. Renewable Energy Generation came in second (5,963), followed by Advanced Transportation (4,783).

Released today, Clean Jobs Midwest highlights Wisconsin’s growing importance in America’s transition to renewable energy – adding 303 new jobs in 2018 (5.4% increase).

“With job growth across the renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation sectors, this report shows that Midwestern economies are benefiting from the clean energy industry,” said Erik G. Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “Further, this report indicates that the Midwest is creating jobs in the clean energy industry more quickly than the rest of the country — a sign the Midwest is a good place for clean energy businesses to grow.”