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Published June 21, 2009, 09:45 AM

Minnesota ready to jump on green jobs

Minnesota is ready to capitalize on the growth of “green.”

By: R-E Editorial Board, The Republican Eagle

Minnesota is ready to capitalize on the growth of “green.”

A Pew Charitable Trust survey concludes that we’re among the states poised to benefit from an expected explosive growth in green jobs.

From 1988-2007, the clean energy economic sector grew by nearly 12 percent, outpacing the growth of total jobs at about 2 percent. In the last three years, the state attracted nearly $50 million in venture capital directed toward clean energy, the study found

Add the study’s results to the facts that Minnesota ranks fourth in overall wind power production and that Xcel Energy leads the nation’s utilities in this category, and you have a state that indeed looks ready to grow as the economy improves.

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