$15 million Available For Michigan Manufactures To Diversify

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Gov.Granholm says the Michigan Green Jobs Report names renewable energy as the fastest growing sector in the state, and says the federal government sees potential too.

"The Department of Energy has said that Michigan is in the top 5 states for wind energy production, because of the wind resources we have off of the Great Lakes," Granholm said.

Now the Governor says stimulus money is available for small manufactures and auto suppliers employing less than 500 people so they can apply for grants to build renewable resources like wind turbines, solar panels.

" The state is putting out $15 million to enable these small firms to diversify in the area of renewable energy or energy efficiency," Granholm said.

But does the skill set of auto workers really translate to renewable energy? The Governor says yes.

"Wind turbines have drive trains, they've got gear boxes, they've got brakes, no one knows drive trains, gear boxes, and brakes like we do," Granholm said.

Granholm also says all 28 community colleges in the state have added capacity for training in renewable energy, but there was no mention of ethanol plants or E85 pumps, something the Governor touted toughly in years passed, we asked her why.

"First generation ethanol from feedstock like corn, has shown itself to have some problems," Granholm said.

Which begs the question are these proposals sustainable?, Hugh McDiarmid of the Michigan Environmental Council says Ethanol was simply overestimated, and it's just one piece of the energy puzzle.

"We moved to fast on it in years past and had too high hopes for it, and there were some unintended consequences, we've pulled back from that now, and I think we a have a more realistic view," McDiarmid said.

To apply for the grant visit michigan.gov/energyoffice.

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  • by mark Location: holt mi on Jul 21, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    It would be nice if the USA would help families do their homes so high heating bills could be avoided.It would be nice if prices of homes would come down.Thoes high utility costs keep going up.What would really be nice if mich ad JOBS so peoplecould live.How many jobs have closed due to high taxing,people not being able to buy products,and how many homes have been lost due to high costs and taxes and greedy interest rates.Like many things government didn't stop prices from going up,caused some themselves,and now says WOOPS,kind of late to fix the problem now.So they offer what really.I grew up thinking corn was to eat not make fuel out of.another farce.Sure did bring up food prices which have never went down.As usual trying to fix one problem made many problems.Who got rich off ethnol is still a good question.Before handing out money make sure it s a sure thing that works.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    Get a clue Jenny, you have no idea as to what you are talking about. Let someone who knows about this stuff work with it cause you have no idea. Go back under your rock and stay there Jenny.
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