Friday, January 9, 2009

Obama's Green Jobs Plan "Music to our ears" in Michigan According to Governor Granholm

President Barack Obama's plans to stimulate economic growth and create new green jobs by investing in clean energy is "Music to our ears" in Michigan, according to the state's governor Jennifer Granholm. Michigan has been hard hit over the years by job losses in the automotive industry and other manufacturing sectors, but under Granholm has been making investments to attract the next generation of high tech jobs.

Watch Governor Granholm's remarks:


States Seek To Create New Green Jobs As U.S. Unemployment Hits 11.1 Million

The number of unemployed individuals in the United States rose by 632,000 to hit 11.1 million in December, according to the Department of Labor. The U.S. economy shed 1.9 million jobs in the last four months of 2008 alone. But rather than dwell on this dire economic data a number of states are taking a proactive approach to stimulating economic growth by creating new green jobs.

New Hampshire

In his third inauguration speech New Hampshire’s Governor John Lynch proposed to use money from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Renewable Energy Fund to create new green jobs. Lynch’s plan calls for the state to invest in projects designed to weatherize homes, improve the efficiency of public buildings, and train workers to compete in the new energy workforce. The state would also offer low-interest loans to help businesses invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“This Green Jobs Initiative will help create jobs for our people now, and make New Hampshire’s economy stronger for the future. Let’s help New Hampshire workers and businesses keep their competitive edge, and let’s keep good paying jobs right here in New Hampshire,” Lynch said.

Link to press release by Governor Lynch's office

New York

New York Governor David Paterson’s new “45 by 15” proposal calls for the state for 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs to be met through “…improved energy efficiency and the use of clean renewable energy by 2015.” Achieving this goal will help create 50,000 new green jobs for New York, according to Paterson.

“We in New York are leading the fight against global warming, because we understand that reviving our economy and protecting our planet go hand in hand, so long as we have the vision and courage to act on our convictions,” Paterson said.

Link to the full press release from Governor Paterson's office

Link to Governor Paterson's Energy Fact Sheet


Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher announced $3.5 million in new grants designed to help consumers afford residential solar hot water systems and wind technologies.

"Ohio strives to become a leader in the advanced energy industries," said Lt. Governor Lee Fisher. "These programs are designed to stimulate the market for the small wind and solar thermal industries, complementing our manufacturing efforts and helping Ohio compete in attracting the highly-skilled jobs of the new energy economy."

Link to the full press release

New Hampshire, New York, and Ohio join a growing number of states who realize that they can spur economic growth, create new green jobs, and help protect the environment by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.


Green Jobs USA Interactive Map

The Green Jobs Report Blog


LEED Certified Brownfield Redevelopment Project to Create Over 40 New Green-Collar Construction Jobs In Grand Rapids, MI

A LEED certified brownfield redevelopment project is expected to create more than 40 new green-collar construction jobs in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kendall Renaissance, LLC has received approval from the City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Office to rehabilitate the historic Kendall building located at 16 Monroe Center NE. The building has been vacant for more than 30 years.

LEED certified and brownfields reclamation construction projects are creating new green collar jobs in communities across the nation.


Official City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Office Announcement

Green Jobs USA Interactive Map

The Green Jobs Report


Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Liberty Greens Renewables Biomass-to-Energy Plant to Create New Green Jobs Around Milltown, Indiana

Liberty Green Renewables (LGR) has announced plans to build a new biomass-to-electricity facility it plans to build near Milltown, Indiana. The new plant will create approximately 25 permanent new green jobs, as well as more than 100 construction jobs. Another 147 jobs could be created indirectly by the plant’s operations.

According LGR’s website, the company strives to build biomass generation plants that meet the following standards:

1. Complying with highest qualification standards for renewable energy in all jurisdictions.

2. Designed with carbon neutral emissions and less than 10% of the SO2/NOx emissions of conventional coal plants.

3. Designed with reliable and highly efficient bubbling fluidized bed technology.

4. Located and sized to keep fuel costs low.

5. Sited close to electric demand to enhance system reliability.

6. Interconnected to transmission lines requiring little, if any, system upgrades.

Press Release:

Liberty Green Renewables (LGR), a biomass-to-energy development company with offices in southern Indiana and Houston, Texas, announced its intention to build a 28 megawatt biomass-to-electricity facility near the community of Milltown in Crawford County, Indiana. The plant will process woody biomass material from a number of local forest product industrial sources, including residues from logging, sawmills, furniture and cabinet manufacturing, pallet manufacturing, land clearing activities, tree trimming and storm damage.

In south central Indiana, where wood resources are readily available, generation of electricity using woody biomass can be a cost effective
method of producing renewable energy. According to US Forest Service data, the forest products industry (concentrated in southern Indiana) is the 6th largest industry in the state in terms of employment. Indiana has more than 1,600 wood products companies.

The facility will utilize a fluidized bed boiler technology to enable
utilization of a wide variety of woody biomass materials in an efficient, environmentally friendly manner. The plant will comply with all applicable local, state and US EPA requirements regarding air and water emissions. Biomass is considered “carbon neutral” from a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, and the plant will qualify for “Renewable Energy Credits” and production tax credits under the U.S. tax code.

The facility is scheduled to begin operation in late 2011.

LGR has negotiated a letter of intent with a local utility to purchase the entire electrical output of the proposed facility as well as the associated Renewable Energy Credits and all other environmental attributes.

The development of the proposed biomass facility is expected to create significant economic benefits to Crawford County and the Milltown community. The facility is anticipated to have a capital cost of $80 to 90 million. During the 18-month construction phase of the project, more than 100 construction jobs would be created. Once completed, the biomass facility will employ approximately 25 people in plant operations, maintenance and administrative positions. Additional indirect jobs related to fuel logistics will also be created. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 4.9 jobs are created for every 1 MW of biomass generation capacity. Based on this USDA estimate, a 28 MW plant could directly and indirectly create 137 jobs.

About Liberty Green Renewables:
Liberty Green Renewables, LLC (LGR) is a biomass-to-energy development company with offices in southern Indiana and Houston, TX. LGR’s primary mission is to develop renewable biomass-to-energy facilities in the Midwest and Southeast US using locally available woody biomass and other biomass fuels such as agricultural byproducts, and construction and demolition debris.


Liberty Green Renewables Website