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Illinois Clean Energy Industry Employs 96,000+ People


3/20/2014

According to the Clean Jobs Illinois survey, the state's clean energy sector employs 96,875 people – that’s more than the combined total of real estate professionals and accountants in the state. The report, developed by Clean Energy Trust and conducted by BW Research Partnership, is the first clean energy jobs study in Illinois based on information from individual employers - previous studies had relied on estimates.

The state’s clean energy workforce employs more people than many Fortune 100 companies, including Apple and Royal Dutch Shell. Forty percent of Illinois clean energy businesses surveyed also reported that they plan to hire more workers in 2014, at a pace that equates to a job growth rate of 9 percent. The survey revealed that 62 percent of clean energy businesses in Illinois are primarily focused on energy efficiency, which includes energy-saving lighting, heating and cooling controls, energy automation systems and smart grid technology.

In its interactive website, CleansJobsIllinois.com, Clean Energy Trust shares key findings from the survey and profiles some of the people working in the clean energy sector.  

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Rose McGee manages a team of fifteen operators at AllCell Technologies who manufacture custom lithium-ion battery packs and who are helping build America’s clean energy future.

The company’s technology is helping to improve battery safety – a key industry concern. Rose thinks her coworkers are the best part of her job, but says she also enjoys working in an industry that’s taking off, “It’s a new product, which makes it exciting." More About Rose.

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Paul Garcia is Equipping Illinois’ electric grid for the future. He works on Chicago’s South Side upgrading electric meters and answering customer questions like “So, what exactly is a smart meter?”

“Everyone wants to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible,” Paul says. “Once you are aware of how this technology helps save energy, you can take the next step.” More About Paul.

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A service technician training in energy efficiency upgrades and geothermal installations, Scott Edwards' work puts him at the heart of growing demand for energy efficiency.

During the summer, Scott installs residential geothermal systems, which are popular thanks to electric bill savings and a 30% tax credit. In the wintertime, energy efficiency upgrades keep him busy. More About Scott.

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