Joining E2 is the most effective way to stay informed about cutting-edge environmental issues, leverage your professional network, and use your skills to influence important environmental policy issues.
Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter April 23, 2012, Volume 21
WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!
Please find below Volume 21 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 electric vehicle, wind, and public transportation projects throughout the nation.
Several new electric vehicle projects were announced in the Midwest region. In an effort to promote sustainability, the city of Chicago is installing 280 EV charging stations in dense residential and high-traffic areas. The $8.8 million project represents one of the largest concentrations of fast-charging stations in the world, and the overall infrastructure has created approximately 18 jobs so far. Magna E-Car Systems unveiled a new $40-45 million facility in Grand Blanc Township, MI that will produce high-power, high-voltage components for hybrid and electric vehicles. It currently employs 95 workers, but has plans to expand to 525 by 2017.
CSX announced plans to add 140 jobs in Baltimore, MD and Cumberland, MD region, responsible for operating trains and maintaining tracks, locomotives and rail cars. In the state of Alabama, 90 new CSX workers will be in charge of enhancing the company’s capabilities, attending to the rising demand for rail-based freight services.
Read below for more details on the 15 new job announcements in 11 states from this week’s report. To view previous issues of this newsletter, click here.
This Week's Job Announcements
Spotlight on Jaco Environmental
Credit: Jeff Wilson
Jaco Environmental, headquartered near Seattle, Washington, is an appliance recycler that helps households cut energy costs and utilities meet efficiency goals by removing inefficient refrigerators from the grid and demanufacturing them into raw materials—95% of which is recycled to make new products. Partnering with utilities to help phase out energy-wasting appliances, Jaco has recycling facilities in 34 states and employs more than 520 people, with significant growth planned in the coming years.
In Stow, Ohio, Jaco’s facility disassembles between 100 and 150 refrigerators a day, says facility manager Tom Steinheiser. Employing cutting-edge shredding technology, Jaco is able to reduce the refrigerators down to material parts in a matter of hours, ending up with iron, copper, aluminum, plastic -- all valuable commodities -- in addition to foam, CFC’s--a potent ozone-depleting greenhouse gas--, oil, and refrigerant at the end of the process. And beyond processing whole refrigerators, Jaco’s Stow location has a shredder that is capable of recycling an additional 150-200 refrigerators that have gone through the first stage of dismantling at one of their other U.S. facilities.
Through a $1.4 million contract with Baltimore, Civic Works’ EnergyReady will weatherize 300 homes in low-income communities in the next two years; to meet their goal, the program plans to train 50 people.
Baltimore, MD - Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7)
The City of Chicago announced the installation of 280 charging stations to increase accessibility to EV charging; with an estimated cost of $8.8 million ($1.9 million in public funding and $6.9 million in private investment), the project has created 18 jobs so far.
Chicago, IL - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Sen. Richard Durbin (D), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7)
Heartland Community College announced that its $5.2 million wind project will be complete by June 2012; the project will create 8 jobs, while generating about half of the power the college uses; $1.5 million in grants were provided by DOE and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.
Normal, IL - Sen. Richard Durbin (D), Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11)
Magna E-Car Systems celebrated the grand-opening of its 66,000-sqft Grand Blanc Township manufacturing facility to produce components for electric and hybrid vehicles; $40-45 million was invested in the facility which currently employs 95 workers and plans to employ 525 by 2017
Grand Blanc Township, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Rep. Dale Kildee (D-5)
10-15 full-time jobs; 200-300 construction jobs; 180 indirect jobs
The $350 million 200-MW Prairie Rose Wind Farm will begin Q2 2012. It will provide lease payments to project landowners amounting to approximately $1.1 million annually. The wind farm is expected to go online in December.
Rock County, MN and Pipestone County, MN - Sen. Al Franken (D), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D), Rep. Timothy Walz (D-1)
Norfolk Southern Corp. announced plans for a $160 million expansion of the Bellevue, OH rail yard; the projects will double the number of freight cars, from 1,800 a day to 3,600; 275 new jobs will be created and completion is expected for 2015.
Bellevue, OH - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Sen. Robert Portman (R) , Rep. Robert Latta (R-5)
Green Energy Partners, in partnership with the town of Maribel, WI, announced plans to build a food waste digester; the project would turn food scraps into fuel, while bringing 20 new jobs to the town.
Maribel, WI - Sen. Ron Johnson (R); Sen. Herbert Kohl (D), Rep. Thomas Petri (R-6)
Gloucester Terminals, announced the completion of the largest rooftop PV project in North America; the 9MW array cost $42 million and has the capacity of generating up to 80% of the terminal’s power demand; the project received federal tax credits, while creating 200 jobs during the construction phase.
Gloucester, NJ - Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), Sen. Robert Menendez (D), Rep. Robert Andrews (D-1)
CSX announced that with the rising demand for rail-based freight services, the company has been increasing their headcount in Alabama; the company plans to hire 90 additional employees for maintenance and train operating positions.
State of Alabama - Sen. Jefferson Sessions (R), Sen. Richard Shelby (R)
The 5MW Stanton solar farm, owned and operated by the Univ. of Tennessee, began operating in January; the $30 million facility has the potential to generate enough energy for 500 homes; 200+ jobs were created during the construction phase.
Stanton, TN - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R), Sen. Bob Corker (R), Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-8)
APS announced that the 35MW Foothills Solar Plant will become the first project on state trust land in Arizona; the first 17MW will come online in March 2013 and the remaining 18MW will be operational by Dec. 2013; 100 workers will be hired for the construction phase.
Yuma, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-7)
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and NOVA were awarded a $4 million grant to create the SolarTech WorkForce Innovations Collaborative; the program will train people for jobs in the region's fast-growing solar and energy efficiency industries; so far 121 participants have been matched with local companies.
State of California - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
North Star Biofuels has gotten the go-ahead to produce 65,000 gallons of biodiesel from animal fat daily; the $6 million facility will create 14 jobs and generate $800,000 in sales tax revenue annually for the city.
Watsonville, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Sam Farr (D-17)
Silverado Power announced that Southern California Edison agreed to purchase power generated by three different projects through a 20 year PPA; the 6MW of generated electricity are enough to power over 1,000 homes; an estimated 40 construction jobs will be created.
Victorville, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Howard McKeon (R-25), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-41)
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.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 is the independent business voice for the environment. We provide a non-partisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Working with our public and private partners, E2 shapes state and national policy that's good for the economy and good the environment. www.E2.org