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Indiana Among Top States For Clean Energy Growth Last Year

The growth may slow down in 2019 due to several factors, says Environmental Entrepreneurs

STATEWIDE -- Jobs in the clean energy industry in Indiana saw some solid growth in 2018.

According to a survey put together by Clean Energy Trust, based in Illinois, and nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Indiana added 3,800 jobs in clean energy last year. That's a 4.7-percent increase. 

The report shows Indiana and Minnesota tied for most clean energy job growth over the last year out of all 50 states.

But, E2 Midwest advocate Micaela Preskill told Inside Indiana Business though the growth is a good sign in many respects, that growth is likely to slow down in 2019.

"Employers only anticipate, in our survey, to increase employment by just 1-percent in 2019," Preskill said to Inside Indiana Business. "That's likely due to two factors."

The first of those factors, according to Preskill, is a lack of strong state polices when it comes to clean energy in Indiana. 

"Indiana needs stronger state policies," she said. "I know that the state legislature is considering a rollback, or a moratorium of solar utility scale projects. That would be devastating to the industry and would certainly be one reason why employers are anticipating slow job growth and one reason why we would expect to see potentially job losses in the next year."

The second is the fact that the job market is though in Indiana's clean energy sector. She said it comes down to the fact that there are more clean energy jobs in Indiana than there are qualified workers to fill those jobs.

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