The Green Jobcast, episode #3

The Green Jobcast, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This is our 3rd episode. Transcript below. (download mp3)

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TRANSCRIPT

First up…An Ohio company transforming its business model will build its headquarters in the town of Greenville. LAH Development will become a wind turbine manufacturer and installer after years of constructing commercial buildings.The company’s new building is expected to cost $1 million, according to the local tv staton WHIO. The state of Ohio has granted the company a tax credit of almost $400,000 to help create jobs. The company expects to hire 100 new employees.

Some green jobs wont pay well…Massive investment in renewable energy could ultimately create 4 million manufacturing jobs. But for the workers in the bottom rung of this movement, the shift to green jobs could very well mean a pay cut of nearly 60%, a trend spreading across the entire manufacturing sector. Many of the entry-level jobs making green energy components start at $12 an hour, much less than the now extinct $28 an hour job that had allowed high school-educated workers in the auto sector to achieve middle class status. “Particularly at the lower end, these are not very good jobs,” said Philip Mattera, research director at Good Jobs First, a labor-friendly research group, also acknowledging that the renewable energy sector paid wages that were “all over the map.”

Vice President Joe Biden and two Cabinet secretaries unveiled a national program Tuesday to train workers for “green jobs” that will make public housing more energy-efficient. Biden, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced the plan in Denver at a meeting of President Barack Obama’s task force on the middle class. Donovan said some of the $4 billion from Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan that was budgeted to renovate public housing will be spent to create jobs for making the dwellings more energy efficient. Solis said $500 million will be distributed as grants for training workers. That sum includes $50 million for communities battered by job losses and restructuring in the auto industry.

New York says it could create as many as 50,000 jobs by converting 45 percent of its electricity needs to renewable energy sources by 2015, Governor David Paterson said on Monday as he unveiled plans to reduce the state’s reliance on Wall Street. Paterson proposed modernizing the electricity grid, making broadband technology available throughout the state and investing $600 million into stem cell research over 10 years. New numbers for green jobs…Renewing our manufacturing base through clean energy — already one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy — isn’t just a pipe dream.

According to the respected clean tech website CleanEdge.com, the domestic market for solar panels, wind turbines and biofuel equipment will reach $325 billion annually by 2018. In Ohio for example, nearly 100 manufacturers — including companies like Canton-based Timken, a maker of ball bearings and other steel products for wind energy equipment — now make up the state’s expanding clean energy supply chain. Even Michigan, a state whose manufacturing sector has been devastated by job losses, produced more than 3,000 new jobs — mostly in the solar and wind industries — over the last 20 months.

The Green Jobcast, episode #2

The Green Jobcast, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This is our second episode. Transcript below. (download mp3)

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.

TRANSCRIPT

In california Green jobs are growing like, weeds, analysts say. If you want to know what these jobs are and where they can be found in California, visit a new mapping website from the Environmental Defense Fund. (edf.org)

The site allows you to search for companies that do things such as retrofit homes for energy efficiency, manufacture parts for renewable energy systems, build electric cars or process advanced fuels.….that web address is edf.org

At NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada, last week – President Barack Obama announced over $467 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to expand and accelerate the development, deployment, and use of geothermal and solar energy across the United States.

The funding is intended to help the solar and geothermal industries overcome technical barriers, demonstrate new technologies, and provide support for clean energy jobs.

“We have a choice,” said the President, addressing armed services personnel and legislators at Nellis Air Force Base. “We can remain the world’s leading importer of oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy. We can hand over the jobs of the future to our competitors, or we can confront what they have already recognized as the great opportunity of our time: the nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy. That’s the nation I want America to be.”

The President announced the new funding on the 100th day after he signed the Recovery Act while standing near the largest solar electric plant of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. More than 72,000 solar panels built on an old landfill provide 25 percent of the electricity for the 12,000 people who live and work at Nellis.
American Clean Energy & Security Act) passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 21, 2009 with 33 votes for and 25 votes against. Said by many to be a landmark as it is a “comprehensive approach to America’s energy policy that charts a new course towards a clean energy economy.”

According to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce website:

The American Clean Energy and Security Act will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America’s energy independence, and cut global warming pollution.

Ge is planning to build new energy efficient water heaters which will add about 400 green jobs at their plant in Louisville Kentucky. The new product will create the jobs when manufacturing begins in 2011…

a 3-year-old Akron, Ohio-based startup called Green Energy Technologies wants to use its new wind cube technology to power buildings. The company already has hundreds of orders in place and expects to expand quickly, adding at least 200 jobs in the next year. Green Energy has been testing the wind at a number of big-box retailers and grocery stores so that it will be ready to install the WindCubes as soon as they are available. And Green Energy’s factory is already fully tooled up and ready to begin building 32 blades a week starting at the beginning of July…

In Tenessee, “More than 600 people will be hired to build a new solar farm facility, and others will be hired to operate it.”As part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, West Tennessee will have the top solar energy-generating facility in the region.

And in florida NASA and Florida Power & Light Co. took a big step last week toward building a pair of clean-electricity plants at Kennedy Space Center. During a ceremonial announcement at the KSC visitors center, FP&L officials laid out plans to install solar panels at two sites that will produce enough power for about 1,200 homes

The Green Jobcast, episode #1

We’re proud to announce a new weekly show called The Green Jobcast, a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country.

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.