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NRDC Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter
January 17, 2012, Volume 9
 

WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!


The South and Southeast led the pack with nine of the 15 job announcements this week. In Tennessee, companies large and small, from Nissan to Global Green Lighting, are creating jobs in the state.  Nissan announced plans to start producing lithium ion batteries for electric cars in 2012 at a new $1.7 billion manufacturing facility in Smyrna, TN. The company expects to create 1,300 full-time jobs and produce 200,000 battery packs and 150,000 cars each year. Global Green Lighting, a company that produces innovative “smart” streetlights in Chattanooga, TN could create up to 250 jobs to meet demand for municipal streetlight sales and retrofits. The company is moving 80 of those jobs back from China.

In North Carolina, BSH Home Appliance plans to build a new energy-efficient dishwasher manufacturing plant in New Bern, NC that could create 100 full-time jobs when the facility is online in 2013. And in Shelby, NC, Baldor Electric, an industrial electric motor maker, is investing $17 million to expand its operations to meet growing demand for wind turbine motors. The expansion could create 166 full-time jobs. 

Read below for more details on the 15 new job announcements in 9 states from this week’s report.

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Spotlight on Propel

Propel
Credit: Propel
Founded in 2007, Propel sells ethanol and biodiesel at retail fueling sites that are conveniently located on the property of existing gas stations, making alternative fuels available for purchase to millions of diesel and Flex Fuel vehicle owners. The company manages a network of stations across a broad geographic base, beginning in California and Washington State.

This network further enables Propel to provide customers with real-time greenhouse gas reductions through Propel’s CleanDrive software, the nation’s first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform. Propel's fleet program supports hundreds of private and public fleets, including the United States Postal Service and the California Department of Transportation.  Propel’s partnership model provides a strong value proposition to independent station owners by driving significant new traffic to the site for convenience store sales and by allowing them to monetize an unused portion of their site through the monthly rent.

Propel was recently chosen as the top-ranked renewable energy company on the Forbes' list of America's Most Promising Companies. Propel is a portfolio company of Craton Equity Partners, where E2 member Tom Soto is a Managing Partner; and is also a portfolio company of Nth Power, where E2 member Nancy Floyd is Founder and Managing Director. For more information about the company, please visit http://propelfuels.com/.
 

MIDWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

KS Enel Green Power North America 200 construction workers; 15 full-time employees Enel Green Power announced that its $350 million Caney River Wind Farm Project is operational; the 111 wind turbine farm will generate enough energy to power 70,000 households; the energy produced will be purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Elk County, KS - Sen. Pat Roberts (R), Sen. Jerry Moran (R), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4) Generation (Wind)

In Operation
KS CPV Renewable Energy Company 20-80 construction jobs CPV Renewable Energy Company announced plans to build the 165.5MW Cimarron Wind Energy farm; the facility is expected online in November 2012; the energy generated by the project will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority through a 20-year power purchase agreement.  Gray, KS - Sen. Pat Roberts (R), Sen. Jerry Moran (R), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-1) Generation (Wind)

Announced

NORTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NJ SPI Solar 200 construction jobs
SPI Solar has been chosen to design, engineer and construct an 11.3 MW solar facility which will provide southern New Jersey with electricity. The project is scheduled to begin construction in the first quarter of 2012 Egg Harbor Township, NJ -
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), Sen. Robert Menendez (D), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2)
Generation (Solar)

Announced
NY Synergy Biogas LLC 5-6 full-time jobs The Synergy Biogas plant will be the largest energy producing on-farm digester in Western New York, and co-digest manure with food grade organic waste; it will produce 10,000 MWhs annually; the project received $2.8 million in federal investments. Covington , NY -
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Kathleen Hochul (D-26)
Generation (Biomass)

In Progress
PA BP 250 jobs at peak construction BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power announced plans to develop the 144MW Mehoopany Wind Farm; the project is expected to be completed in Q4 2012, generating enough energy to power over 40,000 homes annually. Wyoming, PA -
Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. Thomas Marino (R-10)
Generation (Wind)

In Progress

SOUTH CENTRAL

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ADDED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

TX OCI Solar Power 800 jobs OCI Solar Power has been selected by CPS Energy to build a 400MW solar project and construct new manufacturing facilities; the project will produce enough energy to power 80,000 homes. San Antonio, TX
Sen. John Cornyn (R), Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R), Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-20)
Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced
TX Duke Energy Up to 300 jobs Duke energy plans to build a 400MW wind farm in Willacy County; the 171 wind turbines will generate up to 300 jobs, and completion is set for December 2012. Willacy County, TX - Sen. John Cornyn (R), Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-27) Generation (Wind)

Announced

SOUTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

FL Alternate Energy Technologies LLC 25 full-time jobs; 25-50 new full-time jobs in next 6-8 months Alternate Energy Technologies, a manufacturer of flat-plate solar thermal collectors,  moved operations to Green Cove Springs; the company plans to hire more workers as operations continue to grow. Green Cove Springs, FL -
Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-3)
Manufacturing (Solar)

In Operation
FL GE 50 full-time jobs GE Wind Energy is hiring 50 full-time employees at their Pensacola Wind Turbine and Hub Assembly plant during the first few months of 2012; jobs include assemblers, electrical testers and maintenance technicians. Pensacola, FL -
Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-1)
Manufacturing (Wind)

Announced
NC Biowheels RTS/ City of Asheville Potentially 1,500 jobs by 2015 Biowheels RTS unveiled North Carolina’s first solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles; by 2015, 900 public charging stations could need to be installed; potentially 1,500 jobs are possible over the next few years in Asheville’s clean energy sector. Asheville, NC -
Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-11)
Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

In Progress
NC BSH Home Appliance Corporation 100 full-time jobs in 2013 German-based BSH Home Appliance announced plans to build a new energy efficient dishwasher manufacturing plant in New Bern; the project has been in development for 2 years and is expected to go online in 2013; New Bern, NC -
Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. George Butterfield (D-1)
Manufacturing (Energy Efficiency)

Announced
NC Baldor Electric Co. 166 full-time jobs Baldor Electric Co., an industrial electric motor maker, announced plans to invest $17 million  to expand operations to accommodate growing demand for wind turbine motors; the project was made possible in part by a $400,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. Shelby, NC -
Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-10)
Manufacturing (Wind)

Announced
TN Global Green Lighting Inc. Up to 250 jobs Chattanooga is working with Global Green Lighting, testing GGL's "smart" streetlights in targeted locations; if the city chooses to replace all of its streetlights, savings could reach up to $1.5 million for the city. Chattanooga, TN - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R), Sen. Bob Corker (R), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-3)

 
 
Energy Efficiency

Announced
TN Nissan 1,300 full-time jobs expected Nissan plans to start producing lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles at its new $1.7 billion facility; the plant will open sometime in 2012, producing 200,000 battery packs—and 150,000 cars—a year. Smyrna, TN - Sen. Lamar Alexander  (R), Sen. Bob Corker (R), Rep. Diane Black (R-6) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced

SOUTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NV Enel Green Power North America 150 construction jobs Enel Green Power North America announced it has begun operation of its 24-MW Stillwater solar project, alongside its existing 33-MW geothermal facility at the site. Churchill County, NV - Sen. Harry Reid (D), Sen. Dean Heller (R), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-2) Generation (Solar)

In Operation


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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