Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., urged the wind industry to invest in the state during a recent conference and workshop on small and community wind and supply chain issues, held at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
Nearly 1,700 people attended the conference and workshop, which was sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA, said the high attendance at the conference was a sign of the importance of community wind power.
‘In Detroit, we are giving citizens tools to take control of their energy future and showing businesses how they can enter the wind industry, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans,’ she noted. ‘With an economic recovery and the right local and federal policies, including a strong renewable electricity standard, there is no limit to what our industry can achieve in producing clean energy and good jobs.’
According to a study by the Renewable Energy Policy Project, Michigan is one of the top five states in potential manufacturing job creation from large-scale wind power development.
AWEA has estimated that Michigan has 32 existing and announced wind-related manufacturing facilities, which will result in more than 1,200 jobs.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association