Minnesota’s early start and continued support of clean energy policies creates a competitive advantage.
The clean energy market is developing rapidly, reducing the state’s dependence on imported energy. Biofuels production capacity, energy efficiency savings, and solar and wind installations all had triple-digit percentage growth between 2000 and 2012.
Employment in clean energy sectors reached 15,300 in 2014. Clean energy employment in Minnesota surged 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014, growing steadily through the recession. The state’s total employment grew 11 percent over the last 15 years.