Component Manufacturing: Kansas' Future in the Renewable Energy Industry (REPP report)

12 years ago | Jan 08, 2009
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From the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP):

"Component Manufacturing: Kansas' Future in the Renewable Energy Industry" (2008)

This report breaks down renewable generation technologies into component parts, and examines which existing Kansas industries could become suppliers for the growing sector of renewable energy. The conclusion: Kansas manufacturers could make billions and help drive the new energy economy. For Kansas, a national renewable energy program would generate $1.97 billion in investment, spur innovation in 425 existing manufacturing firms, and create 11,491 new jobs.

  • From January 2001-June 2007, Kansas lost 10,944 manufacturing jobs.
  • To stabilize carbon emissions would require adding 18,500 MW of new renewable energy projects each year, as part of a 10 year stabilization program.
  • The study assumed that nation-wide, 124,900 MW of wind would be developed, 15,190 MW of photovoltaic, 23,150 MW of biomass, and 21,760 MW of geothermal.
What these numbers mean for Kansas:
  • 425 firms currently active in the industrial sectors could supply component parts.
  • The demand would spur the creation of 11,491 new Kansas jobs.
  • The top 10 Kansas counties most likely to benefit (in order of impact): Saline, Johnson, Sedgwick, Ellis, Wyandotte, Barton, Montgomery, Crawford, Reno, and Ford.
Over the past decades, the Midwest has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs - yet its cities and towns still have the facilities, infrastructure, and labor forces, all ready to go. Manufacturing for the renewables industry could re-industrialize and revive our state.
The benefits - especially from wind manufacturing - could spread across several Kansas counties.