A new study from the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) shows that the wind power and solar energy supply chains are increasing their presence in Wisconsin and providing over 12,000 jobs in the state.
According to the report, 171 Wisconsin companies are part of the wind energy supply chain, and 135 Wisconsin companies are part of the solar energy supply chain.
The job growth in these industries within the state has been supported for years by utility incentives and state policies, such as Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard and the state's Focus on Energy Program. However, Wisconsin's recent political uncertainty has undermined clean energy development and job creation, the study notes.
ELPC surveyed businesses statewide to identify Wisconsin companies that are actively participating in the renewable energy supply chain. The list includes steelmakers, electrical-component manufacturers, engineering firms and other businesses that are profiting from renewable energy development, as well as start-ups and small businesses developing clean energy technologies.