Report supports N.C. as center for 'green' jobs, governor says

Posted June 16, 2009

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— According to a new Pew Center report, North Carolina is ready to capitalize on Gov. Beverly Perdue’s green energy plan, including her proposals to make green energy jobs a cornerstone of the state's economy.

The report, “The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering jobs, businesses and investments across America,” released last week, lists N.C. as among the top dozen states in growing “clean energy economy jobs.”

The report tracked clean energy economy job growth from 1998 through 2007, during which time the state saw clean energy economy jobs grow by 15.3 percent, while the overall job growth rate in the state was 6.4 percent.

In 2007, more than 1,700 clean energy businesses in North Carolina accounted for 17,000 jobs. From 2006 through 2008, more than $82.5 million in venture capital was invested in the state's clean energy economy jobs.

“I’ve said before, and I will say again: Green is gold for North Carolina,” Perdue said in a statement. “To get green right, we must build on our strengths that attract green companies – a well-trained, educated workforce; existing relationships between businesses and research institutions; and a strong link between energy policy and economic development.”

Perdue’s green energy plan includes the use of $18 million in federal recovery funds to create an Energy Investment Revolving Loan Fund. The fund will provide low- and no-interest loans, up to $1 million, to finance energy-saving projects.

She also proposes another $10 million to expand the state’s Green Business Fund to provide support to new, emerging and expanding green economy businesses.

Additionally, Gov. Perdue’s plan relocates the State Energy Office and state weatherization program to the Department of Commerce and reinvigorates the Energy Policy Council.


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  • wattsun Jun 17, 2009

    I agree we need to find alt to get out from under Oils thumb but at the end of the day , the whole "Green" thing is just another scam to push more goverment intervention up in your biz.

  • Jun 16, 2009

    Check your local laws regarding putting up a wind-power plant in your yard, They can be built for under 100bucks, but local laws do not allow them. Call it a sham, call me a bigot racist, whatever, its the good-ole-boy coming out in you and your fly is open but nothing is hanging out. There are solutions available but they were not develped by a NC local so they have to be a scam you say. I will have no problem forgetting that NC shuns outsiders as many friends have seen my product in action and it is planned for a TV-show being produced where you can see it in use and manufactured somewhere else besides NC. Oh thats right, you do not have TV in rural NC, I know I had to buy a satellite supplied by my phone company which only works intermittently. Backwards society here that needs to lighten up on outsiders or risk complete rejection by Green companies that WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. I REFUSE TO !

  • commonsensical Jun 16, 2009

    After reading the article again, it seems that bev is taking credit for bringing in about $18M of federal funds, and is wanting $10M more. I'm working on a small wind energy site expansion in Montana at the moment. The EXPANSION of this site ALONE cost more than $28M. I don't see NC being able to compete with the western half of the US regarding clean energy employment, we just don't have the resources needed.

  • commonsensical Jun 16, 2009

    I'm not sure what she's smoking, but NC has little to no exploitable wind energy resources as compared to the midwestern states, I doubt there's any hydroelectric potential, and I'm not sure that solar is economically viable in NC either. Put your money where your mouth is, bev. Stop talking about proposals and show us results.

  • wildervb Jun 16, 2009

    "On-Demand Hydrogen Fuel and Power Generation is what I plan to produce at a Sham-Wow price where everyone could reap the benefits of free energy and fuel."

    Sounds like a scam to me.

  • Jun 16, 2009

    Car running on water, thats old stuff, that cost me 11 dollars to build that solution and 6 months to develop it to a working unit. Big-Oil plans to convert gas-stations to sell Hydrogen, basicaly water for 6 bucks a gallon as done in europe already. Disconnecting the business from the local utilities was my plan. As soon as a new location is secured where my unit can be installed before signing contracts with a power company I plan to start production of both units. I will not be restricted in my ability to develop energy solutions due to stupid local yocals who are not getting a piece of the pie. Energy inventors need protection, many are already missing and the rest of us are looking for a safe haven, we may be crazy, but you need us. - Actually I am skeptical about delivering a solution in an Obama administration that buddies up to terrorists and communist countries. Thanks for blogging me to the door, you deserve to pay the Perdue way.

  • rocket Jun 16, 2009

    Good luck and good riddance.

  • Jun 16, 2009

    I know I would have had a better response by not bashing the locals, but I am not looking for a response and care less about the feelings of the locals who have forced me to relocate my business in its startup phase. I only wanted the local people to catch on to why Perdue is wrong. Telling me to hurry and leave is exactly why I plan to locate just across the stateline where Obamabucks are also plentiful and the locals are more receptive to Energy outsiders helping the community as long as its not Uranium. On-Demand Hydrogen Fuel and Power Generation is what I plan to produce at a Sham-Wow price where everyone could reap the benefits of free energy and fuel. Oh, thats the reason the locals are mad, I do not need their electricity or fuel, internet, and my cell phone works fine and those bills go to out of state companies also. Interesting.

  • rocket Jun 16, 2009

    Based on his profile I think he's going to make a car that runs on water. It runs on water, man! Go for it.

  • rocket Jun 16, 2009

    "I know many people will continue to deny even the possibility of Global Warming, which is fine, but cutting fossil fuel use through innovation is still a good idea whether there is global warming or not."

    I don't deny that it's possible. What upsets me is when our government starts treating it like an undisputed fact and starts basing policy on it. There's simply not enough data to say with 100% certainty one way or the other. It's not the prudent steps that bother me... it's the drastic, hype-driven, costly, feel-good-but-do-nothing green initiatives that really burn me.