Beyond the light switch: Can clean energy manufacture green jobs?
It's not a pipe dream. Vacant manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere have been filling up with manufacturers of the raw components of solar cells or some of the 8,000 moving parts that go into a modern wind turbine. These form the foundation of the clean-energy economy—and the source of so-called green jobs.
Mining Association condemns passing of “Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act”
The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) today condemned the passage of legislation to retire existing coal fired power plants along the Front Range and replace them with higher cost natural gas. The bill, Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the “Clean Air - Clean Jobs Act," passed after extensive floor debate.
Chevrolet Volt – An Economic Multiplier in Michigan
LG Chem/CPI made a $300 million investment announcement today to build a facility in Holland, Mich. Initially this will bring 50 new, high-tech jobs to the state and 400 jobs by 2013. This announcement is further proof that electric vehicles are coming, and GM intends to make the United States a leading, global center of expertise in this important new industry. Our company has made a significant economic investment within this country, resulting in an increase in "green" jobs. Since its debut in 2007, the Volt has spurred an enormous flurry of activity in the electrification of the automobile and has become an economic multiplier for the state of Michigan. Six additional plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle announcements were made in 2007, followed by 19 in 2008 and five more in 2009.
U.S. to give $2.3 billion in clean-tech credits
01-08—President Obama announced $2.3 billion in tax credits Friday for 183 ventures to build advanced batteries, wind turbines and other "clean energy technology" nationwide. The tax credits, which are funded by the $787 billion economic stimulus package enacted in February, are designed to defray up to 30 percent of the cost of new investments in manufacturing facilities to produce clean energy products.
Astraeus Wind Energy Takes Off in Michigan
—Astraeus has recently obtained $7 million in federal funding to begin addressing the need for lower costs and better solutions for the wind energy industry with a focus on low cost machining of hubs. The additional funding requested will allow Astraeus to expand and accelerate the scope of the original federally funded project beyond automation methods for hub machining helping to address the entire rotor system including composite blades, an area of primary failure in today's market.
State tax credits for advanced battery packs to the rescue!
12/18/09—It’s often touted as the best hope to resurrect manufacturing in Michigan — large-scale production and assembly of lithium ion battery packs for the hybrid or pure electric vehicles of the future. According to news from the state Capitol, lawmakers in Lansing want to dangle the carrot of tax credits in front of a several large corporations — like Ford Motor Co., Dow Chemical Co. and the German-based firm Fortu PowerCell — in an effort to get them to hire hundreds or maybe even thousands of employees. On Thursday, a majority of legislators approved $220 million in electric battery tax credits, including $100 million for manufacturers and $120 million for pack assembly. A story in today’s Detroit News quotes state Sen. Jason Allen (R-Traverse City) claiming that the package of credits would create more than 2,000 jobs.
Ten clean technology predictions for 2010
What we’ve heard in the marketplace has been synthesized and threaded together with our own data, collected on the cleantech industry since 2002, and our ongoing research to inform this mix of viewpoints on financials, politics, sectors, industries and geographies. Fueled by unprecedented quantities of “green and clean” stimulus money, cities, states, provinces and countries are now competing to grow cleantech businesses, to bring innovation to market, to attract inward investment and to brand themselves as hubs of cleantech growth. It’s no longer about trading our way out of the carbon crisis, it’s about inventing new industries.
Wind Trends 2010
The most important job creation policy that Congress can enact is a national [Renewable Electricity Standard (RES)] which provides the long-term certainty that companies need to invest in new facilities and train workers to make the 8,000 components that go into a modern wind turbine. Wind Power: Second-largest Source of New U.S. Power Generating Capacity for Sixth Year… Wind is [expected in 2010 to continue to be] one of the largest sources of new power generation…second only to natural gas…
China, Japan, and South Korea - have already passed the United States in the production of virtually all clean energy technologies, and over the next five years ... will out-invest the United States three-to-one in these sectors.
Wake Up America
Asia is Outspending the USA 3-to-1 in Clean-Tech Investments
A new study by the Breakthrough Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation shows that the U.S. could be left behind by Asia (specifically by China, South Korea and Japan) when it comes to investing in clean-tech and clean energy. These [three] Asian governments will invest $519 billion in clean technology between 2009 and 2013, compared to $172 billion by the U.S. government. "Should the investment gap persist," the report warns, "the United States will import the overwhelming majority of clean energy technologies it deploys."
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The Chevrolet Volt: Real Technology, Real Investment
Michigan Jobs—When the Volt was revealed many considered it to be nothing more than vaporware. However, today it’s obvious that the Volt is not only very real, but that it has become an economic multiplier for the state of Michigan, the country and the electric vehicle industry. With GM at the lead, electric vehicle development is creating entire new industries. This includes battery developers, builders of home and commercial charging stations, and power control and electric motor suppliers. Needless to say, investments in the electric-vehicle ecosystem are creating new jobs, and strengthening Michigan’s and America’s long-term competitiveness.
The investment in Detroit-Hamtramck is in addition to GM’s $364 million of investment in seven other GM facilities including:
$37 million in Bay City, Mich. to produce cam shafts and connecting rods for the Volt’s engine generator. You know, that generator that will allow the Volt to travel more than 300 miles in addition to the initial 40-mile, all-electric range when the Volt won’t use any gasoline or produce any tailpipe emissions.
$23 million in our Flint, Mich. Tool and Die facility to build the dies to stamp metal parts for the Volt.
$202 million at our Flint Engine South plant — this is where we’ll build the 1.4-liter engine generator that provides Volt an extended-range capability of more than 300 miles.
$1.7 million at the Flint Metal Center, in presses to stamp parts.
$30 million in the Weld Tool Center, in Grand Blac, Mich., to produce the robotic weld tool cells that were installed at our Detroit/Hamtramck plant.
$27 million in the Alternative Energy Center at the GM Tech Center in Warren, home of our new, state-of-the-art battery lab where we test and refine the Volt battery pack.
$43 million in Brownstown Township, Mich., to open the world’s first OEM-owned, high-volume, lithium-ion battery pack plant. We expect battery-pack production to begin there early next month.
Alpena refinery gets $18 million grant
ALPENA, Mich. — The federal government has awarded nearly $18 million to build a refinery in Alpena that will produce biofuels. The U.S. Energy Department on Friday announced the grant to American Process Inc. It's among newly chosen projects in 15 states designed to accelerate technologies for commercial-scale development of a U.S. biomass industry. The biorefinery will convert processed wood from Decorate Panels International, a hardboard manufacturing plant in Alpena, to cellulosic ethanol and potassium acetate. The project will go online in 2011. Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the refinery will bring 160 jobs to the Alpena area and strengthen Michigan's effort to be a leader in biofuels production.
Rural Development Grants Available
The program is designed to assist farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses that are able to demonstrate financial need. All agricultural producers, including farmers and ranchers, who gain 50% or more of their gross income from the agricultural operations are eligible. Small businesses that are located in a rural area can also apply. Rural electric cooperatives may also be eligible to apply.
Clean-Energy Programs Booming at Community Colleges
For many students enrolling in alternative energy programs at community colleges, it's not about some greater environmental ethos. It's about jobs. That message has resounded at Lansing Community College where some students are former employees of now-shuttered General Motors Co. plants. Enrollment in the school's alternative energy programs has spiked this year, accounting for the campus's largest growth area. Over the last year alone, the college has outfitted 75 to 100 former GM employees -- mostly from factory lines -- with alternative energy skills. The jobs are out there for alternative energy graduates, Berghorn noted. Close to 100 percent of the graduates have been able to find work.
37 Million Green Jobs Possible In U.S. By 2030
The renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) industries represented more than 9 million jobs and $1,045 billion in U.S. revenue in 2007, according to a new report from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Management Information Services Inc. The renewable energy industry grew three times as fast as the U.S. economy, with the solar thermal, photovoltaic, biodiesel and ethanol sectors leading the way, each with 25%-plus annual revenue growth.
Green jobs growing at twice national average
NEW YORK - The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday.
Clean Energy Promises More Jobs Than Coal
In Jan. 8 editorial, The Detroit News argues that outdated, 1950s-style coal-burning plants should be included. This assertion is not only recklessly irresponsible, but it's also misleading. Jobs are a concern for everyone, but coal isn't going to get us there. A study by the Political Economy Research Institute found that Michigan could stand to gain 60,000 new jobs if the state made a commitment to investing in clean energy technology -- that's far more jobs than would ever be created by building more dirty coal plants. Coal costs, too, have been skyrocketing during the past few years, and major banks like Chase, Citigroup and JP Morgan have publicly expressed their concerns and doubts over coal's future. Most recently, power giant Dynegy pulled out of a contract with LS Power to build a coal-fired plant in Midland, citing the many inherent risks of continuing to invest in coal. All this goes without mentioning the drastic toll coal would take on public health and our environment. Pollutants emitted by coal plants account for an estimated 24,000 premature deaths, 38,000 nonfatal heart attacks and 603,000 asthma attacks per year.
Wind Turbine Manufacturing Comes to Manistee Michigan
Manistee County is in the running to be the new home to manufacturing operations for Mariah Windpower. Resulting from a partnership formed between Mariah Power and MasTech Manufacturing Manistee County stands to gain 116 new jobs. Mariah Power offers a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT), the Windspire. The Windspire offers an affordable choice for renewable energy for homes and businesses. Mariah is expected to begin production with 100 units per month, quickly increasing to 300 – 400 per month over the next year. Within two years they expect to produce 1000 units per month for residential, business and government use.
Michigan Gets Advanced Battery Manufacturing Facility
After talking up advanced battery development for years, Michigan is finally on the map as a key players. General Motors Corp. Chairman Rick Wagoner announced today that GM will manufacture lithium-ion battery packs in Michigan for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and will also open a 31,000-square-foot battery research lab in the state. But that’s just the start, Michigan economic development officials believe.
Legislation boosts Michigan's efforts to become world leader in auto batteries
Michigan hopes to keep going and going and going and going. The state, taking a cue from the Energizer Bunny, is aiming to become the world leader in advance battery research and production. In a widely expected move, Gov. Jennifer Granholm today signed legislation providing up to $335 million in refundable tax credits to "encourage companies to develop and manufacture advanced batteries and commercialize advaced battery technologies in Michigan," the governor's office said in a statement. The move represents an effort to spur investment in automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing and research operations in Michigan.
A green future for all Americans
We are on the verge of a clean energy revolution that has potential to create millions of new jobs, revive our economy, and finally free us from our dependence on foreign oil. It is refreshing that we will soon have a president that understands the importance of investing in the green economy to secure America's future prosperity and security. But, it is equally important that we invest our money in programs that are working. Last week, President-elect Obama announced that the nation's economic stimulus plan - will double alternative energy production in three years, cut the use of fossil fuels by improving energy efficiency in 2 million homes and 75 percent of federal buildings, and invest heavily in public transportation. As Congress debates Obama's plan to create millions of green jobs, it is critical to ensure that these jobs are inclusive and our money is spent wisely.
Renewable Energy Employment Expanding
Employment in renewable energy is growing substantially, with 2.3 million people worldwide currently working in the renewable energy field. A transition toward renewables thus promises job gains. The wind power industry employs some 300,000 people, the solar photovoltaics (PV) sector accounts for an estimated 170,000 jobs, and the solar thermal industry, at least 624,000.2 More than 1 million jobs are found in the biomass and biofuels sector.3 Small-scale hydropower and geothermal energy are far smaller employers.
What the Economy Needs Now Are Good, Green Jobs: a New “New Deal”
A national day of action tomorrow for green jobs is showing that clean energy can be our modern day gold rush. If a coalition of clean energy and social justice groups has its way, renewable energy will be something of a modern day gold rush, providing both clean energy and scores of stable living-wage jobs for urban and rural Americans. Climate change and declining fossil fuel deposits are igniting interest in renewable energy, and many see the possibility of an economic boom in the building and installation of wind turbines, solar panels and geothermal energy systems along with a blossoming industry in green buildings and retrofits.
Michigan Green Jobs Report The new green economy provides Michigan a dynamic opportunity to rebuild
the state’s job base, attract new investment, and diversify the state’s economy.
We may be at a tipping point of awareness, understanding, and opportunities
that a green economy can provide for Michigan’s workforce, businesses, and
communities. Michigan boasts 109,067 total green jobs and growing. This is an impressive employment expansion of 7.7 percent in the Green Jobs segment, while the total Michigan jond average was a negative 5.4 percent.
Green Jobs are Key
"At a time when good jobs and good wages are harder and harder to come by - it is critical we find new and innovative work opportunities for middle class families," said Biden. "That's why we're here today - to learn and listen about how investing in green jobs can help build a strong middle class." President Barack Obama last week announced more than $20 billion for investment in a cleaner, greener economy, including $500 million for green job training. A new Task Force report released at the meeting shows that investment will help to create tens of thousands of high-quality green jobs. The report finds that green jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than others. Green jobs are more likely to be unionized than other jobs, which the Task Force report says will help to "strengthen middle class families and provide pathways into the middle class for disadvantaged workers."
Green Jobs in Michigan See Bright Future
While Detroit's automakers struggle to rebuild their sputtering operations, the key to jump-starting Michigan's economy may lie 80 miles northwest of the Motor City. This is the home of Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. It makes a material crucial for constructing photovoltaic panels. And that has turned this snow-covered hamlet into an unlikely hotbed for solar energy. The same week that General Motors Corp. and Chrysler begged $17.4 billion from taxpayers to stave off collapse, Hemlock announced a $3 billion expansion that could create hundreds of jobs.
Obama's Green Jobs Revolution
Barack Obama is promising a $150bn "Apollo project" to bring jobs and energy security to the US through a new alternative energy economy, if his final push for votes brings victory in the presidential election on Tuesday. "That's going to be my number one priority when I get into office," Mr Obama has said of his "green recovery" plans. Making his arguments in a radio address yesterday, the Democratic favourite promised: "If you give me your vote on Tuesday, we won't just win this election. Together, we will change this country and change the world."
Jobs in Renewable Energy Expanding
Driven by the gathering sense of a climate crisis, the notion of "green jobs"-especially in the renewable energy sector-is now receiving unprecedented attention. Currently about 2.3 million people worldwide work either directly in renewables or indirectly in supplier industries.1 Given incomplete data, this is in all likelihood a conservative figure. The wind power industry employs some 300,000 people, the solar photovoltaics (PV) sector accounts for an estimated 170,000 jobs, and the solar thermal industry, at least 624,000.2 More than 1 million jobs are found in the biomass and biofuels sector.3 Small-scale hydropower and geothermal energy are far smaller employers. A transition toward renewables thus promises job gains. Even in the absence of such a transition, growing automation and corporate consolidation are already translating into steadily fewer jobs in the oil, natural gas, and coal industries.
The 21st Century: Opportunities for Clean Energy in Michigan
Michigan needs a strategic clean energy development plan that implements smart policies and practices to capture readily achievable environmental, public health and economic development benefits. This sustainable development strategy is good for the environment and the economy. The Clean Energy Development Plan proposes policies to implement underutilized energy efficiency technologies and to aggressively develop renewable energy resources. By diversifying a power supply that has relied on old, highly polluting coal and nuclear plants, Michigan will reduce pollution, improve electricity reliability, create new "green" manufacturing and installation jobs, and provide renewable energy "cash crops" for farmers. The Clean Energy Development Plan provides the strategies to achieve these goals.
Clean Energy, Good Jobs Should Go Hand in Hand
Twenty-five major leaders from government, business, labor and activist organizations—including AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore—met on Monday to discuss strategies for boosting the nation’s renewable energy production, reducing dependence on foreign oil and ensuring that “green jobs” are quality jobs.
Women and Minorities Getting Left Out of Green Job Market, New Study Finds
After all these years and so much progress, even in a sector dedicated towards achieving the noble aim of an emissions-free economy, it appears some prejudices still plague us." Well, he might not have said it exactly like that. But it appears to be the unfortunate truth: women--especially minority women--are getting largely left out of the green job market.
How to Get Green Jobs and Beat the Recession Blues
The recession sucks. Unemployment rates are rising to frightening heights as layoffs sweep the nation. And it can be most harrowing on a personal level: What do you do if you get laid off? Well, you turn it into an opportunity to green your job, your routine, your life.
Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade
Fast Company provides an interesting list of what they think the best green jobs are, where to study for them and what related careers might make sense as well:
More Jobs - Less Pollution
According to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan has the third-best "wind-map" in the country, making it a great place to develop a wind energy industry. In Michigan's Thumb area, Harvest Wind Farm is setting up a wind farm that, when operational, will have the potential to generate up to 16,500 megawatts of power.
Granholm Touts Clean-Energy Jobs
If only Lansing lawmakers would quickly embrace wind, solar, bio-diesel, and even water-wave energy, Governor Granholm said, Michigan could leverage billions of dollars in private investment, generate tens of thousands of jobs, and make Michigan "the alternative energy capital of North America."