NEW REPORT: Michigan Leading the Country in Clean Energy, Electric Vehicle Projects and Jobs
President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ Clean Energy Plan is delivering America’s clean energy boom
Lansing, MI — In just under a year since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ clean energy plan has helped turbocharge our clean energy economy. Over the past year, clean energy businesses have announced or moved forward with more than 170,000 jobs across 44 states, according to Climate Power’s new report.
Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, Michigan is becoming a solar and electric vehicle manufacturing powerhouse. Michigan ranks #1 for new clean energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act. Additionally, Michigan ranks #1 in the country for new EV projects and jobs. Across the state, new clean energy projects have already spurred more than $21.03 billion in investment, the 2nd highest in the nation, and created or moved forward with over 15,800 good-paying clean energy jobs, the 3rd highest in the nation. Today Climate Power hosted a press call to highlight the progress the state has made in the past year.
“The clean energy plan championed by President Biden and congressional Democrats is bringing manufacturing jobs back to Michigan in a big way,” said Claire Moser, Climate Power’s Deputy Executive Director. “The Inflation Reduction Act isn’t just adding jobs—it’s also saving consumers money on solar panels, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient appliances. And the IRA is broadly popular with Americans—despite the opposition of MAGA Republicans in Congress who want to send us back into our fossil fuel past. We won’t let them do that.”
“The impacts of climate change are here right now, so expanding our use of clean energy and reducing carbon pollution isn’t just something we should do. It’s something we must do,” said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director, League of Conservation Voters Michigan. “Investing in clean energy means using fewer fossil fuels that pollute the air and water, which in turn means fewer health problems like asthma and heart disease that come from toxic pollution. The Inflation Reduction Act is a win for our environment and our economy, and I’m grateful for the gains it’s already bringing to our state.”
“Our Next Energy is investing $1.6 billion in a battery cell manufacturing plant in Van Buren Township that will bring thousands of jobs to Michigan,” said Deeana Ahmed, Chief Strategy Officer, Our Next Energy. “Our innovations and the cost-savings measures in the Inflation Reduction Act are making EVs more accessible to everyday Michiganders. Clean energy is the path to a safer, healthier future—and there’s no time to waste.”
Thanks to the Biden Administration’s clean energy policies, communities across the country are becoming more resilient to the devastating impacts of climate change and our clean energy economy continues to add new employees to the workforce. Additionally, most of the clean energy projects and growth in the past year have occurred in congressional districts represented by Republicans. Thus far, 152 clean energy projects in 92 Republican held districts have moved forward with 96,216 new jobs, totaling $224.89 billion in investments.
The Inflation Reduction Act has touched Americans in every corner of the country, with rural towns, big cities, and every community in between reaping the benefits. The clean energy boom in America has only just begun.
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