Green Economy

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Green Subsidies in Germany / EU regulators launch in-depth probe

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would open a full investigation into Germany’s management of green subsidies, a decision that could lead to higher costs for industry and unsettle investors in renewable energy. Around 2,000 German heavy energy users, including chemical and steel firms such as BASF and ThyssenKrupp , have been exempt from … Continue reading

The Green Job Myth

“We can invest $15 bil­lion a year in renew­able sources of ener­gy…to cre­ate 5 mil­lion new jobs, new ener­gy jobs, all across [the] coun­try, jobs that pay well, jobs that can’t be outsourced,” can­di­date Obama promised.[ia] …

U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells could lead to job losses

The Obama administration’s recent decision to slap import tariffs on Chinese solar cells was hailed by some domestic solar manufacturers as a victory for job creation, leveling the field while sending a powerful message to Beijing about monopolistic behavior in crucial industries. But a close look at the U.S. solar industry suggests that the tariffs … Continue reading

Wind Industry | 8,600 jobs in UK

8,600 jobs were provided by the onshore wind industry in 2011, with £548 million added to the UK economy, according to a joint study published today by RenewableUK and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The report takes 18 case studies of wind farms of varying sizes across the UK ranging from 0.5MW … Continue reading

Baker Center : Up to 430,000 solar jobs by 2020

Baker Center answers our question on solar energy : the spread of solar power technology into energy markets is following the same “less-than-smooth” path. Solar power is on track to become a major source of energy for the United States, and will likely need less federal incentive than other energy sources to get there, according to a study … Continue reading

What is happening with the Green Jobs ? | Canada Experience Layoffs in Solar Energy

Citing a shortage of customers for its solar panel products, Siliken Canada has laid off 40 workers from its Windsor manufacturing plant. The move is only the latest blow to the region’s fledgling solar industry. Siliken general manager Paco Caudet said the situation is “no different than in any other manufacturing sector.” “When you have … Continue reading

Renewable Energy Corp Closes Norway Solar Wafer Plant and Eliminates 460 Jobs

Renewable Energy Corp ASA (REC), Europe’s second-largest polysilicon producer, is closing its second wafer factory in five weeks after competition from Chinese rivals drove down prices by more than two-thirds for the material used in solar panels. REC will cease production at the plant in Heroya, Norway, in the second quarter, eliminating 460 jobs, REC … Continue reading

European Wind Energy Association sees 500,000 jobs to Europe by 2020

Wind energy to bring 500,000 jobs to Europe by 2020 according to a new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Wind power has certainly been gaining more attention throughout Europe, despite concerns regarding efficiency and viability. Many European countries are beginning to adopt and make use of wind turbines and some have become … Continue reading

U.S. | Job Stimulus Programs | Where are the promised Green Jobs ?

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.” Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president. Built on … Continue reading

WindTronics leaves Windsor | Goodbye to 200 subsidized jobs

A local wind turbine manufacturer that blew into Windsor with great fanfare is leaving. After two years in operations, the president of WindTronics said the provincial feed in tariff (FIT) program is not working for him, so he’s moving the business to Michigan. Michigan-based WindTronics produced small residential wind turbines. They are to be used … Continue reading

China | Manufacturing | To dominate the Solar Industry

Huff Post – That the goal of the Chinese is to dominate the global solar and renewable energy industry is clear. A report released in February by the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade titled “Losing the Environmental Goods Economy to China” provides ample evidence. According to the Subcommittee’s report: • The U.S. trade deficit in … Continue reading

Europe | Renewable Energy Sectors: 1,1 M Jobs


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