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Major Industries

Clean Energy

Leading the Nation’s Decarbonized Future

From the manufacturing of electric vehicle charging stations to solar panels and wind turbines, Michigan is a national leader in clean energy investments. The state’s clean energy sector, powered by Michigan’s growing electric vehicle (EV) industry, is home to future-focused career opportunities, including photovoltaic technology and environmental conservation. And with the MI Healthy Climate Plan, a statewide commitment to transitioning towards economy-wide carbon neutrality, thousands of new jobs are created across Michigan’s clean energy industry each year.

In 2023, Michigan passed historic legislation to make Michigan a national leader in climate action and a top 5 state in clean energy. The bills establish a 100% clean energy standard, strong labor provisions to build clean energy, streamlined construction of energy projects, and lower utility costs. A report from 5 Lakes Energy found that policies like those in this monumental climate action package could help secure $7.8 billion more in federal investment and create nearly 160,000 jobs.

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Major Employers

The Clean Alternative Fuelling Jobs

According to a report from Climate Power, Michigan is expected to create over 167,000 new clean energy jobs in the next decade. And with companies like CMS Energy and DTE Energy leading the way, it is an exciting time to be a part of this future-forward industry — DTE Energy was recently recognized on Forbes’ list of top 150 large employers in America for 2023, highlighting their commitment to employee satisfaction and development. There is no doubt the Great Lakes State is a great place to work sustainably.

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Re-Energize Your Career Path

Budding careers in clean energy stem from Michigan’s vast higher education system. The University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is a leading institution that offers a Master’s of Science degree in Energy Systems Engineering, providing students with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to address pressing challenges facing the industry. Michigan State University allows students to major in environmental studies and economics and minor in energy, providing a solid foundation for careers in clean energy. And at Michigan Technological University, graduates and undergraduates can collaborate across disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, forestry, environmental science and engineering, to research energy and sustainability.

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Networks & Associations

Growing Opportunities

Whether you’re just starting a career in clean energy or have been a part of the community for years, Michigan is home to an abundance of industry associations and networking events to connect you to key players and opportunities. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association organizes meetings in the community and advocates for clean energy jobs. Michigan State University’s Energy Extension Program holds the annual Powering Michigan Agriculture Conference, educating farmers on the variety of renewable energy technologies.

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