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NRDC Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter
October 31, 2011, Volume 2

WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!

This week's tally includes more than 26 projects in 15 states that are generating thousands of new American jobs.

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) brought its first two solar power plants online as part of its AZ Sun Program - a project that has already created 700 new construction jobs. Wind generation companies AES and enXco, meanwhile, opened new wind energy projects in West Virginia and Minnesota, creating another 650 jobs.

In Louisville, KY, three local companies are teaming up on an innovative approach to build a $22 million biomass project that will keep 340 Kentucky workers on the job. In nearby Mercer County, KY, Hitachi Automotive Systems is expanding its lithium-ion battery packs factory, creating another 60 jobs. And across the country in Los Angeles, a Chinese electric car company announced it will open a new U.S. headquarters that will create 150 American engineering and management jobs.

As with past weeks, this week’s newsletter includes announcements of new clean jobs by large and small companies, as well as universities, regional partnerships and other groups – showing the breadth and the promise of the clean energy industry in America.  Please see the chart below for what's happening in your region, state, and district.  If we're missing some, please let us know.

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Spotlight on Convoy Solutions

IdleAir Systems
Credit: Convoy Solutions

Convoy Solutions, based in Knoxville, TN provides long-haul truck drivers and fleet owners with innovative solutions that reduce diesel fuel costs, create jobs, and benefit drivers. The company's IdleAir systems supply HVAC, electricity, satellite TV and internet service at truck stops so truckers can off turn off their diesel engines, reducing fuel usage, extending the life of their engines, enjoying better sleep and minimizing downtime.

The company currently employs 65 employees at 21 locations in 9 states: AR, CA, GA, IL, MO, PA, TN, TX, UT. Through those operations, the company saves trucking companies about 4,000 gallons of diesel each day. Ethan Garber, CEO of Convoy Solutions and E2 member, expects to double its locations by the end of 2012. For more information on Convoy Solutions' IdleAir, please go to http://www.idleair.com/.

 

MIDATLANTIC

STATE

COMPANY/
PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

WV AES 350 jobs during construction; 13 full-time jobs AES is building an advanced wind project that will generate 98 MW and utilize 32 MW of integrated battery-based energy storage. Elkins, WV - Sen. Joe Manchin (D), Sen. John Rockefeller (D), Rep. Shelley Capito (R-2) Generation (Wind)

In Operation
VA Northern Virginia Power Cooperative 300-400 construction jobs; 40 full-time jobs The NVPC has received a $90 million loan from the USDA Rural Utilities Service to help build a biomass power plant; the 50 MW plant will be powered with wood waste from local logging operations and is expected online in fall 2013. South Boston, VA - Sen. Mark Warner (D), Sen. Jim Webb (D), Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5) Generation (Biomass)

Announced

MIDWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

MN enXco 300 workers during construction enXco has brought its 205 MW wind power project online; the wind plant has the capacity to generate energy for 68,000 homes. Jackson County, MN - Sen. Al Franken (D), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D), Rep. Timothy Walz (D-1) Generation (Wind)

In Operation
IL E.ON Climate and Renewables +/- 200 construction jobs; 8-10 full-time jobs The first turbines began producing wind energy at the E.ON project in Ford County, IL; the 150 MW project will be in service by mid-2012. Paxton, IL - Sen. Richard Durbin (D), Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-15) Generation (Wind)

In Progress
MI General Motors 360 full-time jobs GM is making a $325 million investment in a transmission factory for electric vehicles. Warren, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow (D), Rep. Sander Levin (D-12) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced

NORTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NY University of Albany 17 jobs The University's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has launched a Solar Energy Development Center, saving 17 green collar jobs, creating opportunities to grow a high-tech workforce, and enabling advances in CIGS-based thin film solar cells. Halfmoon, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-20) Manufacturing (Solar)

In Operation
PA Norfolk Southern Corp. 126 full-time jobs expected Northfolk Southern is building a $95 million facility to process railroad cargo; most of the hiring will take place in 2012. Antrim Township, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. William Shuster (R-9) Railways

In Progress
NY Regional Economic Community Action Program 18 current; up to 80 in 2012 The Middletown RECAP weatherization program employs 18 people and could add many more in 2012. Middletown, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-19) Energy Efficiency

In Progress
PA GE Transportation Net 160 new full-time jobs GE is investing over $100 million in upgrades, research, and increased capacity for its Erie facility, part of which will go to reducing emissions and improve efficiency of GE locomotives. Erie, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-3) Manufacturing (Public Transportation)

Announced
MA MBTA 260 construction jobs The Fitchburg line is receiving $75 million in government support to upgrade the commuter rail line. Littleton, MA - Sen. Scott Brown (R), Sen. John Kerry (D), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-5) Public Transportation

Announced

NORTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ADDED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

OR EnerG2 50 jobs during construction; 35-40 full-time jobs expected EnerG2 has broken ground on a manufacturing facility that will produce carbon electrode materials to enhance power storage in electric vehicles.  EnerG2 received $21 million in ARRA funds. Albany, OR - Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), Sen. Ron Wyden (D), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-4) Manufacturing (Energy Storage)

In Progress

WA

First Wind 200 construction jobs by spring 2012; 8 full time First Wind has begun construction on a 105 MW wind power project; turbine installation is expected in the spring of 2012. Whitman County, WA - Sen. Maria Cantwell (D), Sen. Patty Murray (D), Rep. Rodgers McMorris (R-5) Generation (Wind)

In Progress
WA Inekon / Pacifica 20 jobs As part of a new streetcar line in Seattle, Inekon and Pacifica will be assembling and maintaining the City's streetcars. Seattle, WA - Sen. Maria Cantwell (D), Sen. Patty Murray (D), Rep. James McDermott (D-7) Public Transportation

Announced

SOUTHEAST

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COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

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SECTOR/
STATUS

SC KEMET Corporation 110 full-time jobs KEMET has opened a new manufacturing facility, partially funded by a $15 million DOE grant, that will make components for electric vehicles. Simpsonville, SC - Sen. Jim DeMint (R), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

In Operation
FL Algenol Biofuels 100 jobs by end of 2011; 30 jobs by end of 2012 Algenol has broken ground on a pilot-scale algae biofuel refinery that could produce up to 100,000 gallons of fuel-grade ethanol each year. Lee County, FL - Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Sen. Marco Rubio (R); Rep. Connie Mack (R-14) Biofuels

In Progress
KY The Lubrizol Corporation; Zeon Chemicals; Recast Energy 340 jobs retained; 14 new full-time jobs expected An innovative partnership has invested $22 million to retrofit a boiler to use biomass to create steam and electricity for two industrial facilities. Louisville, KY - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R),  Rep. John Yarmuth (D-3) Generation (Biomass)

In Progress
KY Johnson Controls Inc. 45 full-time jobs Johnson Controls is making a $24 million investment to expand a facility that manufactures components to improve vehicle efficiency. Northern Kentucky - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R), Rep. Geoff Davis (R-4) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
KY Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. 60 full-time jobs Hitachi is expanding the manufacturing capacity of its Harrodsburg plant to produce new lithium-ion battery packs Mercer County, KY - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R), Rep. Ben Chandler (D-6) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced

SOUTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

AZ APS (Arizona Public Service) 700 construction jobs in 2011 through AZ Sun Program Two 17 MW solar systems were brought online by APS, as part of its AZ Sun Program; 700 jobs will be created as a result of the program. Gila Bend, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-7) Generation (Solar)

In Operation
AZ SOLON Corporation 200 construction jobs Solon has announced a 10 MW PV system that will be in service by mid-2012. Kingman, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Trent Franks (R-2) Generation (Solar)

Announced
AZ Heliae 60 current jobs; expanding to 70 jobs by year end Heliae currently operates an algae biofuels demonstration facility in Arizona and plans to build a commercial production facility. Gilbert, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-6) Biofuels

Announced

WEST

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COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

CA Abengoa 900+ construction and permanent jobs Abengoa has received a loan guarantee and is continuing to develop a 250 MW parabolic trough solar plant near Barstow. Barstow, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Howard McKeon (R-25) Generation (Solar)

In Progress
CA Sacramento Employment & Training Agency 40+ full-time jobs expected Sacramento's on-the-job training program is getting a $300,000 boost to train and put people to work in clean energy careers. Sacramento, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-5) Energy Efficiency

Announced
CA BYD (Build Your Dreams) 150 full-time jobs BYD, a Chinese manufacturer of electric and hybrid vehicles and alternative power sources, is opening its U.S. headquarters in L.A.; the jobs primarily will be focused on green-collar engineering and management. Los Angeles, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), multiple reps Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
CA Enphase Energy 30 full-time jobs Enphase, a producer of micro-inverters to improve the efficiency of solar panels, is adding new staff. Petaluma, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6) Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced

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.

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