Richard Weiss, Bloomberg, 19 September 2012 (hat tip: Early Warning)
Multiple troubles face wind industry (no link)Siemens AG will eliminate 615 jobs at U.S. factories producing windmills in response to declining orders, dealing a blow to Chief Executive Officer Peter Loescher's push into environmentally friendly energy sources.
Diane Cardwell, New York Times, 21 September 2012 (via Raleigh's News & Observer)
Fairless Hills, PA
Last month, Gamesa, a major maker of wind turbines, completed the first significant order of its latest innovation: a camper-size box that can capture the energy of slow winds, potentially opening up new parts of the country to wind power.
But by the time the last of the devices, worth more than $1.25 million, was hitched to a rail car, Gamesa had all but shut down its factory here and furloughed 92 of the workeers who made them.
Weak demand for electricity, the cheap pricing of natural gas, the flooding of the market with cheaper (state and currency supported) Chinese competitors are all sited for the loss of jobs. One item I did not see noted, but probably should have been, the lack of free capital to make the switch over.
The key here is not whether or not renewable sources of energy can be harnessed to replace fossil fuel, but will they. We are not moving at lightning speed. And when I look at the solar panel industry, they are busy trying to erect various certification requirements to inhibit competition. Not exactly the sign of an industry going all-out.