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  April 2, 2012, Volume 20

WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!
 

Please find below Volume 20 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.

The Southeast region led this week in the number of jobs created. 2G CENERGY announced that it is going to establish a US based plant to produce the company’s advanced CHP (combined heat & power) clean energy power generation systems, bringing 125 new direct jobs to the St. Augustine, Florida area. Florida East Coast Industries is planning to develop a $1 billion rail project, connecting the 200-mile corridor between Cocoa and Miami, and 40 miles of new track, connecting Orlando to the main track. The company estimates that the project will create 6,000 construction jobs and 1,000 full-time jobs to Florida’s economy.

Electric Vehicles projects also continuing to create jobs. In Auburn Hills, MI, Teijin Advanced Composites America announced plans to build a new $7.9 million application development center. The project is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, announced plans to build a new facility that will focus on: human machine interfaces, vehicle sound systems, and electronics for electric-hybrid vehicles. The project received $500,000 from the Business Development Program, and could create up to 60 full-time jobs.

Read below for more details on the 13 new job announcements in 6 states from this week’s report. To view previous issues of this newsletter, click here.
 
 

MIDWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

MI
 
Teijin Advanced Composites America, Inc.
 
25 full-time jobs
 
Teijin Advanced Composites America plans to invest up to $7.9 million to build a new application development center in Auburn Hills; the state is offering the company a $375,000 incentive as a result of the company’s plans to create 25 new jobs.
 
Auburn Hills, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Rep. Gary Peters (D-9)
 
Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
 
MI
 
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
 
60 full-time jobs
 
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America plans to invest $8.16 million to build a new research and development center in Farmington Hills, MI; the focus of the new facility will be: human machine interfaces, vehicle sound systems, and electronics for electric-hybrid vehicles;  the project received a $500,000 Business Development Program.
 
Farmington Hills, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Rep. Gary Peters (D-9)
 
Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
 
MI
 
DTE Energy
 
100 construction jobs; 10 full-time jobs
 
DTE Energy announced plans to build a new $250 million wind farm in Michigan’s Sanilac and Huron counties; the 110.4MW project would consist of 69 turbines; the project is part of the state’s effort to have at least 10% of their energy come from renewable resources by 2015.
 
Sanilac County, MI and Huron County, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow (D), Rep. Candice Miller (R-10)
 
Generation (Wind)

Announced
 
WI
 
Focus on Energy
 
18 full-time jobs
 
Focus on Energy announced the launch of a new Appliance Recycling Program, designed to encourage Wisconsin residents to get rid of their old, inefficient appliances; the programs new recycling facility adds 18 new green jobs to the local economy.
 
Franklin, WI - Sen. Ron  Johnson (R); Sen. Herbert Kohl  (D) ,Rep. Paul Ryan (R-1)
 
Energy Efficiency

In Progress
 

NORTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NY
 
EDP Renewables North America
 
300 construction jobs; 8 full-time jobs
 
EDP Renewables North America proposed the construction of a $110 million wind farm in the town of Madison, NY; the 36 wind turbine project will generate 57MW, while creating 300 construction jobs and 8 full-time jobs. 
 
Madison County, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. William Owens (D-23)
 
Generation (Wind)

Announced
 

SOUTHEAST
 

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ADDED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

FLAlternative Energy Technologies100 full-time jobs in 2014Alternative Energy Technologies, a producer of components for solar hot water systems, announced that it plans to add 100 employees in 2014.Green Cove Springs, FL - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-3)Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced
FL2G-CENERGY125 direct jobs2G CENERGY announced that it is establishing a U.S. production operation in St. Augustine, Florida; the facility will produce the company’s advanced CHP (combined heat & power) clean energy power generation systems; the new plant will bring 125 direct jobs to the area.St. Augustine, FL - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. John Mica (R-7)Energy Efficiency

Announced
FL
 
Florida East Coast Industries
 
6,000 construction jobs; 1,000 full-time jobs
 
Florida East Coast Industries announced plans to develop a passenger train line connecting the 200-mile corridor between Cocoa and Miami; the $1 billion project would also include construction of 40 miles of new track to connect Orlando to the main track; the project is expected to be ready in 2014.
 
State of Florida - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D)
 
Public Transportation

Announced

 

SOUTH CENTRAL

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

TXenXco200 jobsEnXco announced that it has closed on the purchase of the Bobcat Bluff Wind farm from Element Power; construction on the 150MW project is set to begin in spring and operation is set for December 2012.Archer County, TX - Sen. John Cornyn (R), Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-19)Generation (Wind)

Announced

SOUTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

CO
 
SolarReserve
 
900 construction jobs during
30-month period; 100 full-time jobs

 
SolarReserve announced that it has received the necessary permit from Saguache County Board of County Commissioners to build two solar thermal plants in Colorado; the two 100MW plants will generate enough energy to power 140,000 homes; it is expected to generate 900 construction jobs and 100 full-time jobs.
 
Saguache County, CO - Sen. Mark Udall (D), Sen. Michael Bennet (D), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-3)
 
Generation (Solar)

Announced
 

WEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

CA
 
NextEra Energy
 
190 construction jobs
 
NextEra’s Genesis Solar project is currently under construction in Blythe, CA; the 250MW project will generate enough electricity to power 48,000 homes and scheduled to go online in 2013.
 
Blythe, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-45)
 
Generation (Solar)

In Progress
 
CA
 
Pattern Energy
 
350 construction jobs
 
Pattern Energy announced that its Ocotillo Express LLC Wind Energy farm has been approved by the Imperial County Planning Commission, and construction is expected to start in May 2012; the 112 wind turbines will generate 356.5MW, enough to power 140,000 homes in San Diego; $442 million will be generated in revenue to the county over the life of the project.
 
Ocotillo, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Bob Filner (D-51)
 
Generation (Wind)

Announced
 
CA
 
NRG Energy
 
Hundreds of jobs
 
The California Public Utilities Commission announced that it will invest $100 million over the next 4 years, to have NRG Energy build an electric vehicle charging network in California; the project will consists of 200 public fast-charging stations and 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego County.
 
State of California - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
 
Electric Vehicles

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. Inclusion in this newsletter is not an indication of E2 support for any individual project.

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