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Facts

Clean energy and energy technology hold tremendous promise and potential for Michigan businesses and workers. Here are some facts about this dynamic industry:

  • Michigan is home to more than 10,000 jobs in the wind and solar sectors alone.[i]
  • Clean energy technology is Michigan’s fastest-growing economic sector, growing at a rate of around 30 percent and with $10 billion in investments in the pipeline.[ii]
  • Between 1998 and 2007, when Michigan’s overall job rate declined 3.6 percent, clean energy jobs in the state grew 10.7 percent.[iii]
  • More than a dozen Michigan universities and colleges offer clean energy technology programs or active renewable energy programs, producing 6,500 engineering graduates every year and ranking fourth in the nation. [iv]
  • Michigan was No. 1 in clean-energy patents for 2010 with 192 patents. [v]
  • Investments in advanced auto battery technology are expected to create 40,000 jobs by 2020.[vi]
  • Investments made through Michigan’s Community Action Agencies will help weatherize and improve energy savings in 40,000 homes and create 1,000 local jobs. [vii]
  • More than 109,000 people were employed in clean energy and energy efficiency jobs in Michigan in 2009.[viii]
  • Strong energy efficiency standards alone can save every Michigan household $211 a year and create 19,600 Michigan jobs. [ix]
  • Energy efficiency investments generally cost less than half as much as comparable fossil fuel generation capacity and, on a per kilowatt hour basis, are less than half average retail electricity rates.[x]
  • China spends around $12 billion on clean energy investments every hour. Only six of the Top 30 wind, solar and advanced auto battery companies are American.[xi]

 

[i]The Solar and Wind Energy Supply Chain in Michigan, Environmental Law and Policy Center, 2011.

[ii]The Solar and Wind Energy Supply Chain in Michigan, Environmental Law and Policy Center, 2011; Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, 2009 report. 

[iii]Pew Charitable Trusts.

[iv]The Solar and Wind Energy Supply Chain in Michigan, Environmental Law and Policy Center, 2011.

[v]U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index 2011.

[vi]The Recovery Act: Helping Build a New Michigan Economy, 2010.

[vii]The Recovery Act: Helping Build a New Michigan Economy, 2010.

[viii]Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, 2009 report. 

[ix] www.aceee.org/energy/national/50states.htm.

[x]Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, “Transforming Utility and Ratepayer Support for Electrical Energy Efficiency Nationwide,” October 2008.

[xi ]www.commerce.gov/NewsRoom/SecretarySpeeches/PROD01_008262