Grants should come with job provisions - AWEA

US: An extension to the federal government's major wind development grant should include goals for the creation and retention of domestic jobs, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has said.

A policy paper released by AWEA, the United Steelworkers union and labour-environmental coalition the BlueGreen Alliance said the Clean Energy Treasury Grant Program should be extended, but with new provisions requiring both protect and create US jobs.

The paper said the grant programme, also known as section 1603, should require reporting of the direct and indirect jobs it creates.

The organisations also called for:

  • A cap on carbon emissions.
  • An extension of the advanced energy manufacturing tax credit.
  • Loan guarantees for clean energy manufacturing, which the paper said were promised in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act but never enacted;
  • The creation of a national renewable energy standard (RES) requiring 25 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from renewables by 2025.

The paper is available here: