reBlog from GE to Create Green Jobs in the UK

I found this fascinating quote today: GE International CEO Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco says offshore wind will play a vital role in meeting the growing global demand for cleaner, renewable energy. “These investments will position us to help develop Europe’s vast, untapped offshore wind resources, while also creating new jobs for both GE and our suppliers.”Regarding the announcement, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, remarked, “We’re creating the right conditions and incentives to maximize the potential of our wind resource. Now we have another leading player entering the offshore wind market as a result, GE’s investment will create new jobs and help the supply chain flourish, reinforcing the UK as the destination for offshore wind investment.”Analysis from the Carbon Trust indicates the U.K.’s offshore wind industry could employ 70,000 by 2020 and generate £65 billion over the next 40 years. Dr. Gordon Edge, director of economics and markets at RenewableUK, notes that RenewableUK has long maintained the UK could become a leading offshore wind center, resulting in “thriving manufacturing clusters and 57,000 jobs by 2020.”Other elements of GE European expansion include plans to create a new Offshore Technology Development Center in Oslo; developing a Conceptual and Systems Design Center in Karlstad, Sweden; a new engineering center in Hamburg featuring product development, application engineering and advanced technology; and expanding resources at its existing wind turbine manufacturing facility in, GE to Create Green Jobs in the UK, Mar 2010

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