In yet another wind manufacturing development that bodes well for a Southern state, British firm Blade Dynamics said recently that it will begin manufacturing wind turbine blades and components in New Orleans, La.
According to news accounts, Blade Dynamics has committed to create 600 new jobs by 2015 at an average annual salary of $48,000, plus benefits, and to make a capital investment of about $13 million.
Many Southern Senators have opposed a national Renewable Electricity Standard that would require utilities to obtain a minimum percentage of their electricity from renewable energy sources, on grounds that the South's wind resources are poor. This announcement is still more evidence that all regions of the U.S. will benefit from the new jobs that wind energy can bring.
Previous blogs in this series:
Wind Factory Watch: Vestas: Colorado, 7/7/10
Wind Factory Watch: Eagle Claw: Oklahoma, 6/30/10
Wind Factory Watch: Alstom: Texas, 5/27/10
Wind Factory Watch: Beckmann Volmer, Arkansas, 5/21/10
Wind Factory Watch: Ingersoll Machine Tools, 5/15/10
Wind Factory Watch: ZF Industries, Georgia, 5/10/10