Electric and energy-efficient vehicle manufacturing are key elements to growing the clean energy industry in Michigan, creating more than 2,500 jobs in the state over the last two years, according to a report on the Clean Energy Works for US site.
The state also is developing a robust wind industry, responsible for about 1,000 announced jobs since late 2011. That puts Michigan fourth in the nation in creating clean energy and transportation jobs, behind California, Nevada and New York.
The total includes two recent announcements about projects that could bring 1,100 total jobs to Michigan. Ford plans to hire more than 200 workers to expand its electrification engineering team and Consumers Energy said it has added more than 900 jobs since its energy efficiency programs were launched in 2009, according to a story in Crain’s Detroit.
Positive job growth was also found in states that have renewable energy policies, the report said.