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Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter
February 21, 2012, Volume 14
WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!
Please find below Volume 14 of E2’s weekly wrap-up of job announcements and project developments in the clean economy. Compiled from news sources around the country, this week’s clean energy jobs report highlights a number of wind and energy efficiency projects throughout the nation.
Two new energy efficiency projects in Kentucky are set to create thousands of jobs in the state. In the city of Monticello, KY, the University of Kentucky inaugurated its Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) initiative, focused on retooling and redirecting Kentucky's houseboat manufacturing industry to produce manufactured housing units that are highly energy-efficient and cost under $100,000.
General Electric announced that it will be investing $800 million in its Appliance Park complex in Louisville, KY to launch production of its GeoSpring energy-efficient water heater--its first new product line onsite since 1957. The GeoSpring model can save homeowners up to $325 annually and uses less than half the energy of traditional water heaters. The company plans to hire up to 1,000 workers by 2014. $24.8 million in federal tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have helped to make the new production line and the jobs that come with it possible.
Wind projects also reported growing job numbers this week. BP announced plans to build a 200 MW wind project in upstate NY that will generate $1.7 million per year for the local school districts and create 250-300 construction jobs. In Illinois, Invenergy Wind LLC, is currently building the Bishop Hill Wind Farm, creating a total of 200 construction jobs and 15 full-time jobs.
Read below for more details on the 11 new job announcements in 10 states from this week’s report. To view previous issues of this newsletter, click here.
Spotlight on Advanced Lighting Technologies
Credit: Lauren Kubiak
Advanced Lighting Technologies, headquartered outside of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio, is a technology innovator and manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting, with US operations in Ohio, California and Illinois. Through its subsidiary Venture Lighting, ADLT has developed a halogen bulb that is twice as efficient as, yet looks nearly identical to, a conventional incandescent bulb. The company is achieving higher efficiencies than many of its competitors, while keeping production costs low so the bulbs can be affordable.
The technological breakthrough for ADLT’s super-efficient halogen bulb is in the interior capsule. Coated with 63 layers of nanofilm, the capsule recycles heat that would otherwise be wasted, back into the filament, converting it into light energy. Developed in Ohio, the capsule is expanding efficient lighting options for customers who want the instant-on and familiar glow of an incandescent, without all that energy waste.
The company employs 120 workers in Northeast Ohio, and 300 nationwide. For more information on ADLT, please visit www.adlt.com.
Borrego Solar, a PV company, announced a $47 million fund with US Bank and East West Bank to finance solar projects for corporate, education and municipal customers; the projects are expected to create 400 local jobs and generate enough renewable energy for 2,000 homes.
General Motors, announced plans to complete a new new facility in Baltimore, MD by the end of 2012; the $244 million plant will produce motors for electric vehicles and is receiving support from federal, state and county governments, including $105 million from the Department of Energy.
Baltimore County, MD - Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-2)
Alcoa Davenport Works, which rolls aluminum sheets and plates for numerous industries, announced plans to invest $300 million in its Iowa-based plant to meet growing demand for lightweight materials used in fuel-efficient vehicles.
Davenport, IA - Sen. Charles Grassley (R), Sen. Thomas Harkin (D) , Rep. Bruce Braley (D-1)
Invenergy Wind announced that the 200 MW Bishop Hill Wind Farm has received financing. The energy generated by the project’s 133 turbines will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority; project completion is set for mid-2012.
Henry County, IL - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Sen. Richard Durbin (D), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18)
GE announced that is launching production of its GeoSpring energy-efficient water heater at the Appliance Park complex, its first new product line onsite since 1957. The company is investing $800 million in the new production line and has received $24.8 million in tax credits to assist the expansion.
Louisville, KY - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Sen. Paul Rand (R), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-3)
The Univ. of Kentucky inaugurated its Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences initiative, focused on retooling & redirecting the houseboat manufacturing industry in Kentucky, hit by the recent economic downturn, to produce low-cost, energy-efficient housing; the project will be assisted by support from the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development.
Monticello, KY - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Sen. Paul Rand (R), Rep. Harold Rogers (R-5)
German-based wind turbine manufacturer Nordex, announced plans to build a $400 million wind farm; the 60-70 turbine project will be built in an alternative energy zone in Sandusky County; the company plans to break ground in Spring 2013.
Sandusky, OH - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Sen. Robert Portman (R), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-9)
New Hampshire- based NEO Energy LLC announced plans to build a facility to convert food waste from supermarkets, restaurants, schools and processing plants and convert it to biogas. The 55,000 tons p/yr of biogas capacity would generate enough energy to power about 2,500 homes; the facility plans to be operational by the end of 2013.
Fall River, MA - Sen. Scott Brown (R), Sen. John Kerry (D) , Rep. Barney Frank (D-4)
250-300 construction jobs at peak; 15 full-time jobs
BP Wind Energy announced plans to acquire Acciona Wind Energy USA's St. Lawrence Wind Farm project and expand its Cape Vincent Wind Farm to include the acquired project; the 200 MW project requires $300+ million in capital investments, and will generate $1.7 million per year for the local school districts.
Cape Vincent, NY; Jefferson, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. William Owens (D-23)
8-15 full-time jobs in 2012; 47 full-time jobs by end of 2015
PCS Utilidata was awarded a $500,000 Renewable Energy Fund (REF) loan to expand and to secure its relocation to Rhode Island; over the four-year job growth period, the new positions are estimated to generate approximately $352,000 in state income taxes.
State of Rhode Island - Sen. John Reed (D), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
Wacker Polysilicon is currently building a new $1.8 billion plant near Charleston; the project will provide property taxes to the county and will pump an estimated $65 million into the community through salaries and wages for its projected staff.
Charleston, TN - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R), Sen. Bob Corker (R), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-3)
NOTE: Each of these job numbers were culled from publicly available announcements of new clean energy ventures. "Status" is used to informally categorize the stage of development of a project, with "in operation" meaning a energy project that has gone live, or a manufacturing facility that is on line. "In Progress" is used for any project in construction or any program just starting, and "Announced" captures those projects in earlier stages of development. Inclusion in this newsletter is not an indication of E2 support for any individual project.
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