Minnesota is really putting its back behind energy independence. In 2022, 31% of its electricity needs were being met by renewable energy sources, primarily in wind. Once you add the output from the state’s two nuclear power plants, 55% of the state’s power was coming from zero-carbon sources. Reliance on coal has fallen dramatically and energy productivity is on the up. In the ACCEE’s 2022 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Minnesota ranked #10 in the nation and was #1 for the Midwest.
That’s why you’ll see so many opportunities in renewables, clean energy & wind energy in our MN listings. Anyone who is thinking of becoming a technician should also visit the Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence, which has detailed advice on career pathways. If you’re interested in a more traditional academic path, chat to folks in UMN’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) about your studies. IonE often collaborates with the Argonne National Laboratory and it’s involved in all kinds of energy transition projects.