Wind Power Jobs

Lisa asks…

Anyone ever heard of the cummins power generation training at UTI?

Has anyone ever heard of the cummins power generation training, I am a uti student and it is a 12 week course in az, I think it is designed for diesel gen-sets and transfer switches.
What is the pay range for diesel gen-set techs. How limited is that field, and can I apply and( of course get a job) in wind or other power gen fields with that training.

Windmill Farms answers:

Use contact link attached.

Joseph asks…

Should Obama propose a trillion dollar program to promote wind and solar power?

This would:
Solve the unemployment problem, millions of jobs would become available.

Stop US dependence on foreign oil.

Completely pollution free and renewable forever.

Robert Browning Quote:
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Or what is heaven for?

Windmill Farms answers:

I think there are better ways of doing it besides printing another trillion dollars. Offer additional tax cuts to banks providing seed money to innovators. Changing government contracts to alternative energy sources wherever possible. Offer tax subsidies to new companies for the first two years of operation. For actual cash outlays, I would limit it to things like matching local money for building nuclear power plants. And, most horrible of all, increase gasoline taxes. The proceeds from this could be used to fund the other things, and it would also be a boon to auto manufacturers, as people who own gas guzzlers chose to buy more efficient cars. I know I’ll get thumbs down for this, but it’s disingenuous to believe that we can solve all of the country’s problems without raising taxes.

George asks…

Could the USA undertake a project to move periodic Mississippi flood waters to the often parched West?

By using the money saved from withdrawing our troop from Iraq we should be able to do this. It would create thousands of jobs, and, by using wind and solar power to pump the water up to places like Lake Powell, it would be a “green” project. The water would be delivered via a series of water tunnels and aqueducts. Manmade lakes could also be created to allow water to filter down to depleted aquifers.

Windmill Farms answers:

Do you have any idea how expensive and impractical that would be? Its much cheaper to build reverse osmosis systems to desalinate seawater.

Carol asks…

Why do Democrats want to kill jobs and cripple the economy with their Cap and Trade bill?

There’s 55 pages in the bill devoted to job losses due to Cap and Trade. It’s estimated 3-4 million jobs will be lost due to it.

So why do Democrats want cripple the economy to further their agenda?

And even more so, since Obama claims he’s about saving or creating jobs, will he sign the bill and seal the fate of all those millions of job losses?

Windmill Farms answers:

Some are followers who simply nod their head in agreement without researching for themselves. Others are the ‘greenies’. The true believers who think man is but a stain on mother nature (who they worship). Then you have the elites who understand that this is all about Control..prosperity be damned!

The end result is all the same…Less Freedom, Higher cost of living (especially for the middle class and the poor). More businesses (jobs) will be driven out of America to places more business friendly.

It’s estimated that the ‘green jobs’ created in Europe have COST an average of $700,000 Each!

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THE Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the US president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating “green jobs” in “alternative energy” even though Spain’s unemployment rate is 18.1 percent (more than double the European Union average) partly because of spending on such jobs?

Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the administration’s green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it. He says Spain’s torrential spending on wind farms and other forms of alternative energy has indeed created jobs. But his report concludes that they’re often temporary and have received $752,000 to $800,000 each in subsidies; wind-industry jobs cost even more: $1.4 million each.

And each new job entails the loss of 2.2 other jobs that are lost or not created in other industries.The creation of alternative-energy jobs has subtracted about 110,000 jobs from elsewhere in Spain’s economy.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the report’s contention that the political diversion of capital into green jobs has cost Spain jobs. The transcript contained this exchange:

Gibbs: “It seems weird that we’re importing wind-turbine parts from Spain . . . To meet renewable-energy demand here if that were even remotely the case.”

Q: “Is that a suggestion that his study is simply flat wrong?”

Gibbs: “I haven’t read the study, but I think, yes.”

Q: “Well, then. (Laughter.)”

Actually, what’s weird is this idea: A sobering report about Spain’s experience must be false because otherwise the behavior of some American importers, seeking to cash in on the US government’s promotion of wind power, might be participating in an economically unproductive project.

Mark asks…

What are some jobs created by using solar energy?

I mean how is solar energy contributing to the job market?
Is it creating more jobs? If so, which ones?
If not, why not?

Windmill Farms answers:

It requires people to manufacture the solar cells (in a semi-conductor plant) as well as people to get up on roofs to install them, PV doesn’t require much maintenance although solar thermal (pretty much restricted to large scale generation) does require quite a bit of maintenance.

The diffuse nature of solar power means that you need a lot of collectors to get a decent amount of power out of it so solar would create quite a lot of jobs for the amount of power generated which is one of the disadvantages of solar power compared to other more concentrated forms of power. Creating jobs isn’t really of much use if the jobs are useless and having more people working in the energy industry than necessary means that there are less people available to work elsewhere (though there are much better arguments against ground based solar power).

If we reduced our energy usage by the levels that many solar and wind proponents want us to then we’d probably find we don’t have enough energy to run any of our factories (although those levels are never going to happen so it isn’t a very realistic worry).

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