Report: Greener energy policy could lead to more Iowa jobs

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report stating that the Midwest has the potential to add 11,500 jobs, 7,300 in Iowa alone, if all the states updated their energy policies.

The report, “A Bright Future for the Heartland,” focuses on the energy policy recommendations made by the Midwestern Governor’s Association at an energy summit four years ago.

Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel below:

One week after a report found Wisconsin ranked 13th in the nation in green jobs, a new report projects the state would add another 11,500 jobs if it adopted more aggressive policies supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency. Continue reading

Midwest green jobs continue to grow

Growth in Aggregate Clean Economy by state. Map courtesy of Midwest Energy News.

The Midwest currently holds 23 percent of the “clean jobs” in the country as the nation created about a half million of the positions from 2003 to 2010.

Read the Midwest Energy News report here:

When President Obama promised green jobs, he probably had bigger ideas in mind; ideas that relied on regulations, new standards, and policy initiatives that would lead to innovation. Still, despite the serious political roadblocks to feeding a green economy, a new report by the Brookings Institution, in collaboration with development company Battelle, reveals that green jobs grew at an annual rate of 3.4 percent (or by half a million jobs) between 2003 and 2010. Continue reading