LETHBRIDGE: Southern Albertans should pay more attention to the fast-growing market for renewable energy, according to an expert who visited the city Friday. An internationally-recognized researcher says Alberta is still lagging behind its competition when it comes to developing the technology - at the loss of job creation.
"Currently there is an even stronger argument nationally to use this powerful industrial sector that has developed and to continue to develop it for reasons of economic growth and jobs," said Dr. Christine Worlen of her native Germany's progress in the renewable technology sector. The sector has created 350,000 jobs in her country so far, about half the amount of its well-established automotive industry. She added the jobs branch out to different fields too. For example, every third electrician in Germany works in solar technology.
Even beyond Europe, Worlen says the appetite and market for renewable energy is growing at a rapid pace around the world. "When I first got into this field decades ago, I thought solar energy was going to be a space technology forever," she said. "But we now know in some areas it's competitive with fossil fuel generation. So you really need to watch your markets." Worlen spent the past week touring Canada and speaking on renewable energy technology and policies.
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 3/10/2014 6:57:48 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: Christine Worlen speaks at Lethbridge College Friday