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STATEMENT: Report Shows Tremendous Potential of Clean Energy Jobs

October 2nd, 2014

Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign Says Responsible Clean Energy Plan Necessary to Build on Success 

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (October 2, 2014) – Governor Mark Dayton and other leaders today announced plans for the largest solar project in Minnesota to date at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. At the event, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) released a new report on clean energy employment. The report showed that while the state’s total employment grew 11 percent over the last 15 years, employment in clean energy grew 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014. The report also showed that there are now more than 15,000 Minnesotans working in the clean energy sector. The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign released the following statement from Campaign Manager Justin Fay: 

“This report shows that Minnesota has made extraordinary progress in developing a clean energy economy and creating good jobs. It also shows an incredible opportunity to do much, much more. Minnesota needs a responsible clean energy plan that improves energy efficiency and ensures the state gets at least half of its electricity from clean energy by 2030. 

“It’s time for Minnesota to double down on the potential of clean energy because it’s the right thing to do. It will create and maintain good jobs. It will protect and keep pollution out of our lakes, rivers, streams, and drinking water; create more new clean energy jobs; and lower energy costs for families and businesses over the long term. This is a responsible strategy to help preserve Minnesota’s four seasons, protect the special natural places that give us a sense of calm, and leave a better legacy for our children and grandchildren.”

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The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign is labor, faith, community, environmental and elected leaders who have joined together to support a responsible Minnesota Clean Energy Plan that creates good jobs and helps preserve Minnesota’s four seasons, protects the special natural places that give us a sense of calm, and leaves a better legacy for our children and grandchildren. For more information and a list of the organizations participating in the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign, visit www.cleanenergyjobs.mn.

 

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