Image credit:Flickr,Kansas.gov's photostream, Mary Dague - Lincoln County, KS
Via The Witchia Eagle:- Siemens Energy has announced its selection of Hutchinson Kansas for building a $50 million wind turbine plant, employing approximately 400 workers. "The plant will assemble nacelles, the oblong structures at the top of wind towers that include the generators, gears and electronics." The high excitement level over this announcement seems slightly ironic in that the Kansas legislature just approved construction of a massive coal fired electricity plant designed to serve out of state customers. New green-jobs rule.
Based on the numbers I've seen on several similar announcements, a rule of thumb can be constructed. Whether the new plant makes blades, nacelles, or towers, it always involves 200 - 650 workers. Even if dozens of such plants were built around the USA, it's just not going to add up to a large numbers of new jobs unless you pull in all the associated numbers from up the supply chain. See Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who Counts Green Jobs Best Of All for details.
How many full time workers are employed in a coal fired power plant, once construction is complete? I'll bet it's half or less. Anyone have some facts on that to pass along?
Call me a techno-romantic if you want; but I would so love to see hundreds of American Bison grazing beneath a Kansas wind farm landscape such as the one pictured.
And, then go eat a buffalo burger.
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