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US Recovery Act will create 900,000 new jobs in renewable energies

New legislation in the United States will create 253,000 jobs in power generation from renewable energy systems, and could add 469,000 more jobs, according to a report.

The US government “is laying the foundation for a clean energy economy that will create a new generation of jobs, reduce dependence on oil and enhance national security,” Vice President Joe Biden says in a progress report of the Recovery Act.

“The energy components of the Recovery Act represent the largest single investment in clean energy in American history and are leveraging private investment and fostering American innovation and ingenuity.”

Investments of US$80 billion under the Recovery Act will produce US$150bn in clean and renewable energy projects and existing investment programmes could produce US$90bn in additional clean and renewable energy projects which will “accelerate investment in clean energy projects and pull private investment off the sidelines,” he explains.

“They are jump-starting a major transformation of our energy system, including unprecedented growth in the generation of renewable sources of energy, enhanced manufacturing capacity for clean energy technology, advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, and a bigger, better, smarter electric grid.”

Investments in generation of green power and advanced energy manufacturing of US$23bn will create 253,000 jobs and leverage US$43bn in additional investment that could support 469,000 more jobs, he estimates, “putting us on track to meet the goal of doubling our renewable energy generation, including solar, wind and geothermal, in just three years.”

By the end of next year, the US government will have made commitments to support 15 GW of new wind, solar and other renewable energy.

“At the same time, we are increasing our capacity to make the wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable energy components here in America,” he says. Investments of US$2.3bn for advanced energy manufacturing facilities will produce 17,000 jobs and the investment will be matched by US$5.4bn in private sector funding to support 41,000 additional jobs and 200 renewable energy manufacturing projects, including solar, wind and biomass.

“For too long, there have been too many obstacles to siting renewables generation projects on federal lands,” he continues. “9 federal agencies with authority over the siting process on federal lands have signed an MoU to designate a lead agency to run point on all federal authorisations and streamline process. The agencies estimate that this will cut permit times by up to a third.”

The Department of Interior has set up renewable energy coordinating offices and has fast-tracked 30 renewable energy projects on federal lands while, for solar, the DoI has set aside 1000 square miles of public lands for potential solar development. For wind, DoI is coordinating with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant leases, easements and rights-of-way for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Biden’s report also notes that a commitment to invest US$16bn in projects to support plug-in hybrid cars, all-electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to power them, will result in US production plants with capacity to produce 250,000 electric cars and batteries to power 500,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Recovery Act will also support the next generation of renewable biofuels.

“The transition to a clean energy economy will result in a transformation not only in how we produce and transport energy, but in how we use it,” he states. “It will result in a future in which smart appliances can make decisions about when to turn on and off and consumers can programme their homes to use energy most efficiently. It will result in a grid that can detect outages before they happen, and re-route power where it is needed.”

The US$4bn in Recovery Act smart grid investments will result in 43,000 new jobs, and be matched by private sector funding to support 61,000 additional jobs on smart grid projects. Implementation of smart grid technologies could reduce electricity usage by 4% by 2030, which would mean annual utility savings of US$20bn and “add renewable energy resources to the grid.”

The report also details progress on energy efficiency, carbon capture & storage (CCS), nuclear power, and the science and innovation needed to “provide the foundation for the clean energy economy,” he concludes. Funding of US$400m to the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy includes funds for the most advanced research in wind, solar, and geothermal technologies.

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shweta said

07 January 2010
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jfarmer9 said

18 December 2009
NOT ONE DIME IN THIS LAW FOR NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR REACTORS??????

We need three billion to develope a Integrated Fast Reactor.

Are we really going to give up the technological advantage that an IFR would give us to countries like China, Russia, France and India? All these countries believe in this next generation reactor technology so strongly that they are currently building or planning to build IFR reactors.

>Did you know IFR reactor can be run on our old fuel rods and Depleted Uranium? We have enough of both these potential fuel sources to supply the US with all its electrical needs for 500 years without mining one additional gram of Uranium.

>Did you know an IFR will also be able to produce enough heat on a consistent basses to make Boron? Boron is a carbon free energy source that could power newly designed cars. The expected cost of Boron produced by the use of heat exchange with an IFR is to be equivalent to paying .50$ for a gallon gasoline. Also Boron is much safer as a fuel source than that of gasoline.

>Did you know an IFR could basically eliminate all proliferation issues?

>Did you know an IFR solves our current long term nuclear waste issues while producing an easy to handle ceramic by product that will be less radioactive than Uranium in 400 years? In 700 almost all of the original byproducts radioactivity will be gone.

I can go on and on describing the advantages that IFR technology can offer this nation but I do not think this comment section would allow that many words. I will leave you with this fact. All of the above can be done at cost of 1,500$ per kilowatt/hour? There is no other energy source on the market that can even come close to this cost.

God Bless Americas Nuclear Renaissance,

Jfarmer9

jfarmer9 said

18 December 2009
The creation of new nuclear power plants will produce most middle class jobs for America. These great jobs are created in both the building and running of a new nuke plant. This can not be said for the building of solar panels and wind mills parts which will be done in China in order to keep prices down.

Note this comment by Jim Rodgers the CEO of Duke Energy:

“In an operation of a nuclear plant, there [are] .64 jobs per megawatt. The wind business–and we have a very large wind business–is .3 jobs per megawatt. In the solar business–and we’re installing solar panels–it’s about .1. But the difference in the jobs is quite different, because if you’re wiping off a solar panel, it’s sort of a minimum wage type of job, [with] much higher compensation for nuclear engineers and nuclear operators. If our goal is to rebuild the middle class, nuclear plays a key role there, particularly if coal is out of the equation.”

How are we being environmentally friendly when we purchase wind mills and solar panels from China? China electrical grid is run from power produced from the dirtiest coal plants in the world. They don’t even scrub their coal before they burn it. That means Solar Panels and Wind Mills = CO2 + heavy metal particulates + everyone’s favorite Mercury.

Viva the Nuclear Renaissance,

Jfarmer9

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