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Pennsylvania Construction Jobs Go Green

Posted on October 21, 2008

The approval of many new clean energy projects should create several Pennsylvania construction jobs.

The State of Pennsylvania recently announced it would invest $12 million in alternative clean energy projects that will create about 1,200 full-time and part-time jobs. The projects, approved by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, are expected to garner $118 million in private investments, according to an article by Market Watch.

“We are investing in Pennsylvania businesses and organizations that are committed to the development of clean-burning home-grown fuels and renewable energy sources,” Governor Rendell said in the article. “The investment in innovative technologies and energy efficiency will help drive energy costs down, provide affordable energy, create good-paying, green jobs in communities throughout the state and reduce our dependence on foreign fuel.”

The creation of green collar jobs has become popular as of late. The projects in Pennsylvania are expected to generate at least 488,363 megawatt hours of electricity and conserve another 2,500 megawatt hours, which is enough power from clean energy to power almost 50,000 homes.

The projects also will avoid polluting emissions from traditional power plants, including more than 310,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and 430 tons of nitrogen oxides – pollutants that combine to form ground-level ozone and smog, the equivalent to removing 55,000 cars from the road.

The Alternative Energy Investment Fund, signed by Governor Rendell in July, will invest $665.9 million, $237.5 million specifically targeted toward helping consumers conserve electricity and manage higher energy prices and $428.4 million to spur the development of alternative energy resources and to create at least 10,000 good-paying jobs in these industries.

Rendell recently signed legislation to help consumers save $500 million during the next five years through a combination of conservation measures, energy efficiency tools and requirements that utilities provide service at the lowest reasonable rate.

Rendell also reactivated PEDA, which had been inactive for years, to help spark innovation and economic development in the state’s energy industry. Since 2005, PEDA has approved 105 grants and loans totaling more than $44 million for clean energy projects.

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