The BlueGreen Alliance today released a new analysis that showed 15,000 direct jobs could be created or sustained by 2030 by reducing energy used in the state’s hospitals, universities, schools, and health care (M.U.S.H.) sector by 20 percent. The study—20 for MN: A Proposal To Reduce Minnesota’s Energy Use In The M.U.S.H. Sector By 20 Percent—also found that increased efficiency in that sector would save over 36,000 gigawatt hours of energy and consumers $3.1 billion in that same time span.
Energy efficiency is a jobs driver in the growing clean economy. A study by Clean Jobs Midwest found that there are more than 54,000 workers in Minnesota’s clean economy and that 87 percent of those jobs were in the energy efficiency sector.
Both existing programs and other financing options could be utilized to fund the repairs. Policies that could be used include “green banks,” utilizing on-bill financing similar to Minnesota’s current Property Assessed Clean Energy law, and leveraging federal funding.