Clean Jobs Midwest 2022, the latest iteration of an annual report that examines the growth of the clean energy sector across 12 states in the Midwest, found that Missouri added 2,800 new clean energy jobs in 2021, bringing the sector up to 54,397 workers in Missouri.
“Missouri stands to benefit as the industry builds off its strong foundation with clean energy workers calling home in every corner of the Midwest,” E2 Midwest Advocate Micaela Preskill said. “With policies that support strong wages, equity, and workforce training, a transformation to a cleaner economy that boosts the state’s entire economy is within reach.”
The report is an annual effort by business groups Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the newly renamed Evergreen Climate Innovations. The report has been published annually since 2016.
The report broke down the industry increases by individual sector, with energy efficiency workers making up the bulk of the industry’s Missouri representation at more than 71 percent. Those 38,689 workers install or manufacture efficient lighting, HVAC and air conditioning systems, or install advanced building materials in businesses or homes.
Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids are becoming more prominent in the market and in Missouri, while the sector devoted to manufacturing and supporting them is sparking its own growth. Advanced transportation jobs increased by 25 percent in the state by the end of 2021, with 1,470 new jobs bringing the sector’s total footprint to 7,430 workers.
Solar energy jobs also surged by nearly 10 percent, according to the report, bringing the sector up to 3,153 workers in Missouri. Renewable energy as a whole grew to 5,497 workers, while grid and storage jobs employed 1,880 and around 900 Missourians work in the clean fuels sector.
The study was based on data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2021 U.S. Energy Employment Report.