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More than 30,000 Iowans work in clean energy: report

Wind turbines, part of MidAmerican Energy’s Laurel Project, turn in the wind down 325th Street near Laurel on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Wind turbines, part of MidAmerican Energy’s Laurel Project, turn in the wind down 325th Street near Laurel on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

More than 30,000 Iowans now are employed in clean energy, according to a new study.

Energy efficiency claimed the largest number, at 19,694 workers, the study by the not-for-profit Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonpartisan business group, released on Wednesday.

Renewable energy had the next biggest block of workers, reporting some 5,000.

Linn County had the second-most clean energy jobs, at 2,590 — behind Polk County’s 6,715.

Other findings from the report include:

• More than 1,543 Iowans are employed in grid modernization and energy storage.

• Clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies employ 3,620.

• The majority of the state’s clean energy jobs are in construction and manufacturing, at slightly more than 68 percent.

The report, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” can be read at cleanjobsmidwest.com.

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