New energy sources touted at Milwaukee Summit

Posted on March 18, 2008. Filed under: General |

Tom Content reports in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the 2008 Renewable Energy Summit

The booming clean-technology sector can create jobs for Wisconsin’s economy in energy efficiency and renewable energy, but attention needs to be placed on making sure these are high-quality jobs.

That was the message of Joel Rogers, president of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, as the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit kicked off Wednesday [March 12] at the Midwest Airlines Center.

The nonprofit research group released a study on jobs and work-force development in clean energy. The study highlights the need for proper training by two- and four-year colleges for jobs that are expected to open up as more states move to supply a greater portion of their energy needs with wind and solar power, energy efficiency and biofuels.

Pressure is building to use fewer fossil fuels and boost supplies of renewable energy and use greater energy efficiency in response to skyrocketing energy prices and growing concerns about global warming.

Clint Wilder, co-author of “The Clean Tech Revolution,” said the worldwide market for clean technology expanded by 40% in 2007, to $77 billion. Wilder’s firm, Clean Edge, recently issued a market forecast that says the market will reach $254 billion within a decade.

Wisconsin doesn’t need to reinvent its economy to capitalize on clean technology, as job opportunities will open up in manufacturing of energy components, retrofitting buildings to save energy, and chemical manufacturing for biofuels.

“Most of these jobs are the same (manufacturing and construction) jobs – with a little bit of a green,” Rogers said.


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