More US Jobs from Proposed Texas Wind Farm?

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , |

In a follow up to the recent controversy around the proposed Texas wind farm. The issue was that a Chinese company (A-Power Generation Service)would manufacture the turbines in China, creating thousands of clean jobs in that country. That in itself was not an issue, but what did prove to be controversial was the fact that stimulus funds would go to fund the project and the number of jobs created in the US was not nearly at the same level (300 for construction and only about 20 permanent).

Green Inc. reports that US Renewable Energy Group and A-Power announced on Tuesday that the plan had been revised to inlcude

“A new production and assembly plant in the United States that will supply highly advanced wind energy turbines to renewable energy projects throughout North and South America.”

This announcement came after Senator Schumer (D-NY) said he would oppose stimulus funding of the project if the wind turbines were produced in China.

Still, as the Green Inc. post points out, there are a lot of uncertainties about the details of the plan, the big one being whether this new proposed plant will be used to supply to the turbines for this specific project or if it will be a separate effort.


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