37,400 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the United States during the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the national group of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies.
While noting the major advances made in clean energy employment in the second quarter, the E2 report also shows that the potential end of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) already is putting a damper on the growth in the wind industry.
In the second quarter, E2 tracked 12 wind generation project announcements that are poised to create about 2,300 jobs.
In the first quarter of this year, E2 tracked 31 wind power generation project announcements that would create more than 9,100 jobs.
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"The good news is that despite the challenging economic and political environment, the clean energy industry is still creating badly needed American jobs all across the country," said Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs.
"The bad news is that the threats to the wind industry because of uncertainty over the Production Tax Credit are very real, and are already taking its toll on job creation in that sector," she said.
According to the E2 report, the top 10 clean energy job states in the second quarter were:
California (16 projects announced with 20,879 possible jobs).
Florida (3 projects announced with 7,375 possible jobs).
New York (3 projects announced with 1,408 possible jobs).
Michigan (9 projects announced with 1,319 possible jobs).
Colorado (2 projects announced with 1,100 possible jobs).
Ohio (4 projects announced with 712 possible jobs).
New Jersey (2 projects announced with 600 possible jobs).
Illinois (4 projects announced with 542 possible jobs).
Nebraska (1 project announced with 500 possible jobs).
Mississippi (1 project announced with 426 possible jobs).
Clean energy projects were announced in 30 states in the second quarter. Nearly one-third of the announcements were in Midwest states, including Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.
Clean energy projects cross over party lines. A total of 35 clean energy projects were announced in Democratic districts and 31 in Republican districts. Nine projects spanned districts represented by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Public transportation, electric vehicle manufacturing and power generation announcements led the clean energy sector for job growth.
For the full text of the E2 report on top states for clean energy jobs in the second quarter of 2012, go to http://www.e2.org/cleanjobs.
Environmental Entrepreneurs is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 is the independent business voice for the environment. Go to http://www.e2.org/ for more information.
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Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.