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Kansas ranks fourth in Midwest for new ‘clean energy’ jobs

Giant power generating windmills dominate the skyline south of Beaumont.
Giant power generating windmills dominate the skyline south of Beaumont. The Wichita Eagle file photo

Kansas added 1,286 clean energy jobs between 2015 and 2016, placing it fourth among 12 Midwest states for job growth in that sector.

That’s according to a Clean Jobs Midwest report Thursday from the Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, and the Clean Energy Trust, which said Kansas’ year-over-year job growth pushed its total clean energy jobs to 28,291 in 2016, or 1.9 percent of the state’s 1.48 million workforce.

The bulk of the jobs, 88 percent, were in the energy efficiency sector, which includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting; advanced building materials; and Energy Star appliances the report said. The second biggest sector where Kansas clean energy jobs were found was in wind and solar energy.

Illinois led the 14-state region with the highest job growth, with the addition of 5,477 jobs, the report said.

The report can be found online at http://www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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