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June 2009
The Clean Energy Economy
Green Jobs growing faster than other sectors

There's lots of talk about Green Jobs, but is it just hype or can the renewable energy industries really help us out of the economic crisis? Over the past decade the clean energy economy grew some 2-1/2 times faster than the overall jobs market in the U.S., according to a new report by The Pew Charitables Trusts. With continuing business failures and job losses slowing economic recovery, a thriving energy economy fueling green jobs -- a mix of white and blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians, machinists and teachers -- is good news for our economic future.

photograph by some rights reserved The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America reports how clean energy jobs increased at a national rate of 9.1 percent between 1998-2007, while traditional jobs grew by only 3.7 percent. "The clean energy economy is poised for explosive growth," said Lori Grange, interim deputy director of the Pew Center on the States. "These jobs are driving economic growth and environmental sustainability at a time when America needs both. There is a potential competitive advantage for federal and state policy leaders who act now to spur jobs, businesses and investments in the clean energy sector."

Pew's research forecasts that the clean energy economy will expand significantly, driven by increasing consumer demand, venture capital infusions, and federal and state policy reforms. Between 2006 and 2008, about $12.6 billion of venture capital investments was directed toward clean technology businesses in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Read More about The Clean Energy Economy and get the report.
American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
Bill fights global warming and helps farmers and landowners

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), designed to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy, is expected to be brought to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, June 26, prior to Congress's Fourth of July recess. The bill includes a cap-and-trade system requiring companies to buy carbon emissions permits from the federal government, and it sets targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent in 2020, by 42 percent in 2030, and by 83 percent in 2050.

The bill has gained support from utilities, energy companies, labor unions, environmentalists, and farm groups. House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) led negotiations for a shift in agency oversight of rural carbon offset programs from the EPA to the USDA, which would pay farmers and landowners for environmentally friendly projects.
  U.S. Representative Collin Peterson U.S. Representative Collin Peterson (middle),
chairman of the House Agriculture Committee

"We have something that I think works for agriculture," said Representative Peterson. "A lot of the work we did was getting this offset program so it would work." Peterson said farmers will be able to mitigate higher energy prices by selling pollution offsets earned by tilling and conservation practices that keep carbon dioxide stored in the soil. Another revision to the bill that Peterson negotiated would give rural electric cooperatives and other small utilities a portion of the pollution allowances that businesses would use to meet the bill's cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

Read More including links to Clean Energy legislative resources
Windustry Webinar
Wind Energy Facility Permitting and Siting

Minnesota - North Dakota - South Dakota Network Webinar Series
  • What permits are necessary?
  • Who issues permits for wind energy projects?
  • How are wind energy projects sited?
  • What is the process to get a permit?
Learn the answers to these and other questions on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 10 a.m. (CDT) in the second part of this Windustry webinar series. This webinar will discuss the rules, processes, and challenges for permitting and siting utility-scale wind energy facilities in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. We will have expert presenters from each state to provide an overview of the process and to answer your questions. This webinar is free of charge.

Minnesota: Deborah Pile, MN Department of Commerce
North Dakota: Jerry Lein, ND Public Service Commission
South Dakota: Tim Binder, SD Public Utilities Commission

The Minnesota - North Dakota - South Dakota Network promotes dialogue between stakeholders in each state on polices affecting sustainable wind development and is facilitated by Windustry.

Register Now  Get information & register for the webinar.
The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair
Join us at the Wind Energy Center as a volunteer

photograph of Tornado Potato by unsure shot, some rights reserved Minnesotans rightfully become nervous in summertime when the word "tornado" is uttered, but hungry State Fair goers can relish a whirlwind of the spudly variety with the Tornado Potato on-a-stick. This deep-fried delicacy will be served up at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, alongside macaroni and cheese on-a-stick, deep-fried banana splits and the traditional corn dog.

Visitors to the Great Minnesota Get-Together can partake in non-caloric wind offerings at the Windustry Wind Energy Center in The Eco Experience building. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency coordinates The Eco Experience, an educational exhibit showcasing cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly services and products.

Windustry presents a dynamic, engaging, museum-quality Wind Energy Center with a lively variety of information, education and activities related to wind power and other renewable energy technologies. Come visit us at the Minnesota State Fair, and better yet, please volunteer with us to staff the exhibit! Volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt and a FREE ticket to the fair, valid for the day you volunteer.

Volunteers play a vital role in making our exhibit a success. Serving as a collective voice for Windustry, volunteers help fairgoers interact with our exhibit and answer questions regarding wind energy. Don't know much about wind energy? Don't worry! We will host training sessions at Windustry's Minneapolis office to get our volunteers up to speed on wind energy, frequently asked questions and everything you'll need to know about the Fair.

See our Wind Energy Center web page for more information and
Sign Up as a Volunteer!

The Great Nebula in Orion by, some rights reserved what if a much
of a which of a wind

gives the truth
to summer's lie;

bloodies with
dizzying leaves the sun

and yanks
immortal stars awry?

Which great american poet was accused of espionage for espousing anti-war views in Paris during World War I and was imprisoned in France for months?

Find out at Windspiration

On the Windustry Trail...
Windustry staff had a busy month working on Community Wind:
  • We presented at two Landowner Forums and at a workshop on Small/Personal Wind Generation Options in Dawson, Minnesota.

  • We had an adventure in Appalachia where we made a lot of new friends while presenting and networking at the Energy Independence Day in West Virginia hosted by The JOBS Project.  Also, we toured a mountaintop removal site and met with local community members to plan for development of a Community Wind project.

  • We met with several members of the small wind industry in advance of the 2009 Small Wind Power Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

  • We presented at the Northwest Ohio Green Energy & Green Jobs Workshop in Perrysburg, Ohio.
  • We presented and tabled at the Renew 09: Empowering the Land Conference & Expo, in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Photograph & illustration credits:
Green Jobs Now by, some rights reserved
Collin Peterson by U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture
Tornado Potato by unsure shot, some rights reserved
The Great Nebula in Orion by, some rights reserved