With an industry tax credit in jeopardy and new projects at a virtual standstill in the U.S., you might have expected the wind industry to come limping into RETECH2012. Instead, the audience heard from a sector that’s honing in on what it can control -- namely cost reductions and innovation.
“We haven’t placed any orders for turbines for 2013,” said First Wind’s Julia Bovey in the opening remarks. That’s been the norm in 2012 for wind developers and turbine manufacturers as utilities and power purchasers have adopted a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the Production Tax Credit (PTC).
November 2 -- During the last few days of the election, when politicians scramble to make promises about jobs and the economy, only a fool would ignore this statistic: employment in the solar industry has grown 13.2 percent over the last year. >>View Article
October 15 -- One of the continuing policy threads in the presidential race is whether green energy has been worth the millions of dollars the federal government has invested in the technology in hopes of generating jobs and lessening dependence on fossil fuels. In Greater Memphis, at least, green energy technology has generated jobs. >>View Article