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The President’s Climate Action Plan | Executive Office of the President

While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted and damaged. Through steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our children’s health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so that we leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.

In 2009, President Obama made a pledge that by 2020, America would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels if all other major economies agreed to limit their emissions as well. Today, the President remains firmly committed to that goal and to building on the progress of his first term to help put us and the world on a sustainable long-term trajectory. Thanks in part to the Administration’s success in doubling America’s use of wind, solar, and geothermal energy and in establishing the toughest fuel economy standards in our history, we are creating new jobs, building new industries, and reducing dangerous carbon pollution which contributes to climate change. In fact, last year, carbon emissions from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in two decades. At the same time, while there is more work to do, we are more energy secure than at any time in recent history. In 2012, America’s net oil imports fell to the lowest level in 20 years and we have become the world’sleading producer of natural gas – the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.

Read the whole plan at whitehouse.gov.

New Michigan Energy + Technology Center to focus on developing Muskegon’s port and B.C. Cobb site | M Live

CHICAGO – The Michigan Energy + Technology Center consortium of companies announced a formal partnership Monday and outlined plans to work on two initial projects including development of Muskegon’s port facilities.

The agreement joining Consumers Energy, Rockford Berge, Michigan State University and other Michigan-based energy-related companies was outlined at the first day of the American Wind Energy Association national conference in Chicago.

METC will begin working on port development in Muskegon by branding the state’s only deep-water port on Lake Michigan “43 Degrees North@Muskegon.” Muskegon’s port will be developed for alternative energy logistics and manufacturing – especially with the wind turbine industry, METC members said.

Jump starting Muskegon port development is Consumers Energy’s commitment to allow METC and its members access to the coal dock facility at the B.C. Cobb Generating Plant on the east end of Muskegon Lake. The Jackson-based public utility’s 1,800-foot dock, which can handle the largest Great Lake freighters, now serves a coal-fired power plant the company plans to “mothball” beginning in 2015.

The other project METC will begin to develop is a “virtual” technology center called METC@MSU. This pilot program brings MSU into the alternative energy consortium for the first time.

MSU faculty will be connected with METC members through the Internet to begin working on research that would include the university’s ongoing work with composite materials, logistics and advanced energy storage, METC members said.

Besides MSU, Consumers and Rockford Berge – a partnership of Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction Co. and a Spanish global logistics company formed to work on wind energy issues in the region – METC also includes Energetx Composites of Holland, Sand Products Co. of Muskegon and Verplank Dock Co. of Ferrysburg.

Read the whole article from M Live.

Red, White and Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs | DBL Investors

September 2012—a new white paper from DBL Shows Red States Lead in Green Job Growth

Clean tech may cre­ate a highly par­ti­san debate in Wash­ing­ton D.C., but in the rest of coun­try, it cre­ates jobs. A new report exam­ines the sharp con­trasts between polit­i­cal rhetoric and on-the-ground real­ity, and shows that red states – not blue states – are lead­ing clean tech or “green job” growth.

The report, “Red, White and Green: The True Col­ors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs” authored by Nancy Pfund, Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Investors and Michael Lazar, a Yale Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate stu­dent, demon­strates the grow­ing impor­tance of the clean tech indus­try in both red and blue states, and espe­cially in swing states. (more…)

PA Gov. Rendell – Gamesa’s three new manufacturing facilities

PA Gov. Rendell Announces Bucks County as Site of Gamesa’s Three New Manufacturing Facilities

High-Tech Plants to Create More Than 300 Manufacturing Jobs, Return a Former
U.S. Steel Industrial Site to Productive Use

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Governor Edward  G. Rendell today announced the Spanish wind-energy company Gamesa Corp. is expanding operations inPennsylvania by investing another $34 million to open three new modern manufacturing centers on 20-plus acres of U.S. Steel’s former Fairless Hills industrial site. The company previously had invested $40 million inPennsylvania, including funding for another manufacturing facility, its first inNorth America.

The three new advanced technology plants inBucksCountywill create more than 300 new jobs in the production of wind mill blades and towers and the assembly of nacelles, which house the wind turbines.

“Once again,Pennsylvaniacontinues to attract manufacturing jobs and solid private sector investment,” Governor Rendell said. “This is positive news for the whole region, and it will help to continuePennsylvania’s strong leadership in alternative energy.

“Clean energy production is vital toPennsylvania’s growing economy,” Governor Rendell said. “Gamesa’s commitment toPennsylvaniareinforces our reputation as a national leader in the development and deployment of clean, advanced energy. This new manufacturing sector opens the door to even more job opportunities and greater investments as the market for clean energy continues to grow.”

The new operations build on Gamesa’s strong presence inPennsylvania, where the company has invested $40 million to locate its North American headquarters inPhiladelphiaand construct and operate a separate manufacturing facility in Ebensburg,CambriaCounty. Thirty people work at thePhiladelphiaoffice; another 234 workers are employed at the Ebensburg plant, located about 20 miles north ofJohnstown.

The Department of Community and Economic Development, along with the Bucks County Economic Development Corp., offered Gamesa a financial package totaling approximately $10 million in grants, loans and tax credits for the three manufacturing centers. The company received $9.31 million in state incentives for itsCambriaCountyfacility.

Work on the financial package was spearheaded by the Governor’s Action Team, economic development professionals who report directly to Governor Rendell. The state completed 205 GAT projects statewide last year, resulting in commitments to create nearly 19,800 jobs and retain nearly 40,000 positions. The state provided more than $418 million in assistance for these projects, which leveraged more than $1.9 billion in additional investment. More than 72 percent of the projects completed by the Governor’s Action Team in 2005 involved manufacturers.

Gamesa, the second largest wind energy company in the world headquartered inVictoria,Spain, also will realize significant benefits by locating on land that formerly housed a steel mill. U.S. Steel’s 1,289-acre industrial park is classified as a Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone, which encourages brownfield redevelopment by offering businesses tax-free status through 2018.

“Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector is growing, and advanced energy technology companies like Gamesa are leading the way,” Governor Rendell said.

“Not only are we focused on job creation, making sure our businesses remain competitive in world markets, but we also are supporting the development of alternative energy sources while helping to return abandoned industrial sites to productive use. That is the aggressive type of action we are taking to support our workers, businesses and communities inPennsylvania,” Governor Rendell said.

“We are creating cleaner sources of energy that improve quality of life and make us less reliant on foreign fuel, improving the environment and enhancing security at home,” the Governor said.

Gamesa’s blade manufacturing plant at Fairless Hills will produce parts for the Gamesa G8X-2.0 MW multi-megawatt wind turbines, which incorporate the latest technological advances, such as the use of carbon fiber. The $12 million plant, which will have an annual production capacity of 300 megawatts, will begin production in the middle of the year.

The new $7 million plant for the manufacture of towers for the Gamesa G8X-2.0 MW wind turbine platform will have an annual production capacity of 300 megawatts. This project will become fully operational in the first half of 2006.

The $15 million plant responsible for the assembly of the nacelles for the Gamesa G80-2.0 MW, Gamesa G83-2.0 MW, Gamesa G87-2.0 MW and Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines will have an annual production capacity of 1,000 megawatts, enough to power more than 300,000 homes. This project will become operational before summer. These jobs are very technical and require highly trained workers, enhancingPennsylvania’s ability to compete in a high-tech marketplace.

“It is an ambitious industrial plan that will reinforce our long-term commitment to the wind energy market of theUnited States, which is one of the priority markets for Gamesa,” said company President Alfonso Basagoiti, who noted that Gamesa has signed contracts for more than 669 megawatts of wind production during 2004 and 2005.

Pennsylvaniaremains a leader in wind production east of theMississippi, providing enough clean energy to power some 70,000 homes.

The Department of Environmental Protection has been spearheading Governor Rendell’s efforts to build a clean energy future. The Governor shared the details of this work during a speech in December before the National Press Club inWashington,D.C., where he called for a massive national commitment to alternative energy modeled afterPennsylvania’s actions.

Pennsylvaniais leading the nation in an effort to modernize energy infrastructure to provide affordable, reliable, cleaner fuel. ThePennsylvania”Energy Deployment for a Growing Economy” initiative, or EDGE, provides regulatory and financial incentives to shut down older, dirtier, inefficient power plants and re-power with advanced coal gasification technology that produces synthetic gas for manufacturing feedstock, synthetic natural gas to heat homes, transportation fuels or electricity.

The nation’s very first coal gasification-liquefaction plant is being built inSchuylkillCounty. Construction of Waste Management and Processors Inc.’s waste-coal-to-diesel plant will create as many as 1,000 jobs; operating the plant will produce another 600 permanent, high-paying positions. The plant will clean up tens of millions of tons of waste coal while giving the state and consumers clean diesel at a fraction of the market price.

The Governor also launched the East Coast’s first commercially viable biofuels storage and blending system inMiddletown,DauphinCounty. The plant will replace 3.2 million gallons of foreign oil with domestically produced biodiesel and will keep about $6 million worth of energy dollars in the commonwealth by reducing the state’s need to purchase imported fuels.

Pennsylvaniarecently was recognized for its national energy leadership in working to put landfill gas to work for the economy. Granger Energy’s Lanchester Landfill project, which received a $235,000 state grant, supplies treated gas to several companies to use in place of natural gas in boilers and processes, displacing their reliance on natural gas. Putting this resource to use to power the economy offers a clean, cheap energy supply that businesses can use to keep jobs inPennsylvania.

Pennsylvaniais home to one of the nation’s most progressive alternative energy portfolio standards, ensuring that 18 percent of all energy generated comes from clean, efficient sources by the year 2020. Benefits include $10 billion in increased output forPennsylvania, $3 billion in additional earnings and between 3,500 and 4,000 new jobs for residents over the next 20 years.

Brought back to life by Governor Rendell after years of inactivity, the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority has awarded $15 million in grants and loans for 41 clean energy projects that will leverage another $200 million in private investment. The projects will create 1,558 permanent and construction jobs. In addition, the research projects, if successful, could net as many as 327 full-time jobs.

The Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program funds projects that build markets for advanced and renewable energy technologies that use biomass, wind, solar, small-scale hydroelectric, landfill methane, energy efficiency, coal-bed methane and waste coal. Launched by Governor Rendell in the very first months of his administration, Energy Harvest has awarded $15.9 million and leveraged another $43.7 million in private funds since its inception in May 2003.

 

 

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