Federal incentives drive Midwest clean energy manufacturing boom

The Midwest is seeing a surge in clean energy investments, with $30 billion in private capital flowing in since the Inflation Reduction Act was passed in 2022.

Kristoffer Tigue reports for Inside Climate News.


In short:

  • Midwestern states, including Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, have attracted significant investments for clean energy projects.
  • The region's manufacturing heritage is helping it become a hub for electric vehicles, batteries, and renewable energy equipment.
  • More than 300 major clean energy projects have been announced nationwide since 2022, with the Midwest receiving about a quarter of the $123 billion total investment.

Key quote:

“This is like a new era in American manufacturing as it switches to clean energy.”

— Michael Timberlake, E2 communications director

Why this matters:

The investment surge is being funneled into a variety of renewable energy initiatives, from wind and solar farms to advanced battery storage and electric vehicle infrastructure. These projects are set to reduce the region's reliance on fossil fuels, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. For states long dominated by traditional manufacturing and coal industries, this transition marks a significant pivot towards a greener future.

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