Reports and Resources
The Economic Impact of Minnesota's Weatherization Programs:
An Input-Output Analysis
A recent study finds that the residential energy efficiency program Weatherization Assistance Program has a positive economic impact on Minnesota’s state economy - beyond the energy saved and clients served though the program. For every direct job funded by the federally funded Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), another ¾ job is created within other industries in the state.
The University of Minnesota Extension concluded the study earlier this year. Major findings of the analysis include:
- For every direct job created by WAP in Minnesota, another .77 job is generated in the state. Using ARRA funds, these programs produced 495 WAP jobs statewide from April 2009 to June 2010. As a result of ARRA funded WAP, an additional 380 jobs were indirectly generated in other industries in Minnesota during the same period.
- Each dollar spent on weatherization measures generates an additional $1.09 of economic activity. Between April 2009 and June 2010, WAP spent roughly $27.8 million on various weatherization measures. This spending on energy efficiency programs during this same time period spurred an additional $30.3 million of economic activity in the state.
- For every dollar earned by a weatherization worker, an additional $0.86 is earned by workers in other state industries.
The University of Minnesota Extension study, using IMPLAN, finds that the residential energy efficiency program Weatherization Assistance Program has a positive economic impact on Minnesota’s state economy - beyond the energy saved and clients served though the program. Community Action Agencies run the majority of the 32 weatherization programs in Minnesota.
to read the report.
to read the press release.
to read individual Weatherization Assistance Program Reports.