New Study Shows Wind Energy Supply Chain Means Manufacturing Jobs and Corporate HQs for Illinois

New Study Shows Wind Energy Supply Chain Means Manufacturing Jobs and Corporate HQs for Illinois

Chicago – The Environmental Law and Policy Center has released a new study of Illinois’ wind energy supply chain showing more than 100 Illinois companies with a total of over 15,000 employees. From old-line manufacturers who are retooling to build wind turbine components for the new clean energy economy to corporate headquarters for major wind power developers, to software, financial and support services, the wind industry means real business for Illinois.

“Wind energy is spurring both manufacturing jobs and corporate headquarters in Illinois,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “Long-time manufacturers across the state are retooling to produce wind power equipment and create jobs. We need targeted public policies to keep this business growing.”

“From manufacturing to engineering to finance, Illinois companies have the wide range of skills that the wind industry requires,” said Jerry Roper, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “We need to support the growing wind power business in Chicago and across our state.”

The report highlights 104 supply chain companies across the state as well as the 13 corporate headquarters of wind power businesses located in the Chicago area.

The report explains that supportive federal and state policies are key throughout the energy sector, and the wind industry is no exception. Making the current Illinois Renewable Energy Standard work well and enacting a federal renewable energy standard are important policies to drive more Illinois manufacturing of wind turbine components, corporate headquarters and professional services.

To download a copy of the report, visit www.elpc.org/windreport.

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