#greenfail: Gone With The Wind – The Green Jobs Dream Is Disappearing

P Gosselin writing at the No Tricks Zone from Germany has some insight into latest green fail,  and the status of wind energy in the US:

The woes in the renewable energy sector continue unabated. We’ve heard a number of headlines of jobs being lost in the solar industry – now jobs are being lost in wind as well.

According to news reports, the world’s largest wind tuirbine manufacturer, Vestas,  will lay off another 2300 workers worldwide, along with a possible additional 1600 jobs in the USA.  The reason is sluggish demand. The company also announced the closure of a number of facilities.

Last year the company had laid off 3000 employees.

According to the German language CO2 Handel, 1300 jobs will be lost at the headquarters in Aarhus Denmark.

The wind turbine manufacturer had again lowered its forecast for sales turnover for 2011 and now expects 6 billion instead of 6.4 billion euros in turnover.

”The company no longer believes it’ll make a profit. CBS News writes:

…a potential slowdown in the United States could also result in the layoff of an additional 1,600 employees there.”


Last year, Vestas laid off 3,000 workers after posting a 24 percent drop in the third quarter.”

According to Global Winnepeg, job losses in the USA will depend on whether or not the company will get more handouts from the taxpayers:

It said the U.S. layoff plans would mainly depend on whether the Production Tax Credit — which gives a favourable low tax rate to makers of renewable energy — would be extended or not. In 2010, Vestas was awarded about $51 million in tax credits through the U.S. federal stimulus program.”

via Gone With The Wind – The Green Jobs Dream Is Disappearing.

Wind Turbines, another green business that can not survive with out subsidies.  Remember during the Prop 23 debate, how California’s economy was going to be save by green industries?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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