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Report: More “Juice” for Clean Energy Means More Jobs for Ohio

November 9, 2007

Columbus, OH – According to a report released today, Ohio can create thousands of manufacturing jobs in alternative energy production by boosting investment in its "Advanced Energy Fund." Report author Amanda Woodrum explains why the fund is good for Ohio.

"It could be used to retrain Ohio's workers for green energy jobs, and it could be used to help manufacturers retool their infrastructure in order to produce green energy products."

Susan Knight with the Blue-Green Alliance says Ohio's manufacturing background means it can take the lead in wind turbine production, and a little investment from the state could go a long way toward making that happen.

"We have the infrastructure there, we have the ability to put these highly technical component parts together. It's a huge opportunity for Ohio workers."

Ohio's Advanced Energy Fund budget is about $5 million a year, compared to more than $60 million in neighboring Michigan. In addition to creating jobs, she says greater investment in alternative energy would make Ohio more energy independent and reduce pollution.

Rob Ferrett/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - OH