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Jobs created through green initiatives

The mayors of the Twin Cities say that the increase in attention to go green could create more jobs. A study, endorsed by the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and released by the Renewable Energy Project on Monday, says that Minnesota can create “more than 18,000 well-paying manufacturing jobs in the wind, solar and other alternative-energy businesses over the next decade,? according to the Star Tribune.

The Renewable Energy Project is working with the Blue Green Alliance to document the jobs that can be created if the energy bill calling for 15 percent of U.S. Electricity to come from alternative sources by 2020 passes. Minnesota has already passed a law calling for 25 percent of its electricity to be generated by alternative sources by 2025.

According to the Star Tribune, both St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said they have begun plans to both “expand and add companies in the conservation and alternative-energy industries.

The Blue Green Alliance is a partnership between the Sierra Club and United Steelworkers and focuses on three key issues (global warming and clean energy; fair trade; and reducing toxics) while concentrating efforts in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin, according tho their website (bluegreenalliance.org).

Minnesota Public Radio has reported that the Mayors' Green Manufacturing Initiative are expected to be released in January, showing the “job potential in renewable energy, transportation, and building products.?