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Jun 02

Increase Renewable Energy Sources – Generate More Jobs

Posted in Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Energy Politics

Renewable Energy Jobs This has been the slogan that GE, one of the leading power suppliers and energy delivery technology pioneers, propagated all through the ‘Capture the Wind’ tour across US. GE Energy, comprised of GE Power& Water, GE Energy services and GE Oil & Gas is on an all out effort to promote wind industry’s growth in USA. GE, largest supplier of wind turbines producing some 40% of US’ wind power, has been sponsoring the ‘Capture the Wind’ tour for garnering support at grass-root level for a cleaner energy in future.


They have been toting a 131-foot-long wind-turbine blade serving as a mobile petition to be signed by all supporters. This is to create awareness that promoting wind power industry will generate new jobs and make US self-sufficient in energy production. Their goal is the Wind-Power 2010 Convention at Dallas where the blade will be on display.

Texas, as the country’s largest wind power producer is hosting Wind-Power 2010 – world’s largest wind-power conference – at the Dallas Convention Centre. Along with Matt Guyette, Renewables Global Strategy Leader, GE Energy, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, and AWEA CEO Denise Bode attended the opening ceremony. The need for strong leadership support from federal government for focussing on development of renewable energy sources was the hot topic.

Emphasizing that wind energy is a more affordable and purer form of energy available in US, Mr. Body called for a “strong national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES)”. Mr. Guyette said, “The key message of our tour is that the people of America have the power to choose a cleaner, smarter energy future.” Congress inaction in this field was greatly regretted.

In spite of a 10-gigawatt production and 85,000 strong work force, wind power accounts for not even 2% of entire nation’s power supply. A positive approach by the congress towards long-term wind energy power policy and establishing a national level renewable and cleaner energy standard will boost power generation and employment opportunities.

Mr. Guyette quoted the examples of China and Europe and requested for quick action on the part of government to promote wind power energy sources. He expressed hopes that, “American technology and innovation, combined with strong public support, can help to drive continued growth in the wind power industry, leading to the creation of thousands of new jobs.”

  • Richard Fletcher

    I find it unfortunate that when energy has been relegated to long-distance transmission, requiring up to 10% energy transmission-line losses to get from the windmill to the household. Too bad that there is not more residential rooftop wind turbines which can supplement solar energy panels, which usually they are only effective during daytime, unless a energy storage system is purchased.

  • Francisco A Roque

    They should be more aggressive doing it left and right, I mean the whole world, so we may avoid another oil spill.

  • http://www.inskeep.org darwinIam

    We hoisted our anemometer (met station) in Hyde County, NC, on Friday, 04JUN2010 after 4-YEARS of ongoing political and inefficient wrangling about testing and placement.

    However, it is in place with instrumentation for gathering a year of data collection B4 analysis and sizing of equipment (and quantities). Being on land (not ocean), I look at this as similar to the situation in my home state of IOWA, which currently has megawatt TOTALs second only to Texas. Coincidentally Iowa was building Wind Farms when I started the application process here in North Carolina.

    I just don’t understand why we are so far behind.

    R D Inskeep
    Solar-Under Wind Farm

  • Michael A Scivoletti

    I do not think wind turbines would work for everyone, everywhere, but there is a system that I have seen, designed like roof top ventilators that are turbines and would be easier to install on any building in any area that has wind able. They would produce enough energy to reduce the owners electric bill and possibly send some back to the power company. Not cheap, about $6k per unit, but might work and would be easier to get a permit for installation


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