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Michigan vs. China: The Race for Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs

May 20, 2010

LANSING, Mich. - Auto workers out of a job and empty manufacturing plants are enticing clean energy industries to take a serious look at setting up shop in the state. That includes 14 battery companies and $8 billion worth of investment so far this year. According to the State Department of Energy, clean energy manufacturing also has created about 200,000 jobs in Michigan.

Labor and Economic Growth Department Deputy Director Liesl Clark says the state's workforce is skilled enough to compete with any country, including China.

"What we want to do in Michigan is not what can be done in China. We want to be doing the R&D work, the advanced engineering work, and we want to be leap-frogging China and European technology. That's what we want to build in the state of Michigan."

The field director of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, business and environmental groups working on clean energy issues, agrees. Ron Ruggiero says China is the biggest competitor for manufacturing, but the U.S. could win that race with changes in federal policies.

"When you look at renewable as an industry, 70 percent of those components are imported. We have huge potential to take more of that market with a 'Made in America' clean energy economy."

Skilled U.S. workers are available to work now, Clark says, and a national investment in the clean energy supply chain and manufacturing could help move them into employment faster.

Amy Miller/Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MI