Wisconsin now has more than 71,000 clean energy jobs following declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state gained back less than a third of the jobs lost during the economic downturn.

The findings are part of the latest Clean Jobs Midwest report released by nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs and nonprofit organization Evergreen Climate Innovations. Despite COVID-19 setbacks, clean energy advocates say billions of dollars of investment through the Inflation Reduction Act and bipartisan infrastructure law are setting the stage for significant growth.

“We finally have federal policies in place that will surely lead to a clean energy boom in the coming years,” said Micaela Preskill, Midwest advocate for Environmental Entrepreneurs.

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