G.E. hoping to one day add more jobs in Kentuckiana with the help of wind power


by Ben Pine


Posted on May 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM

(WHAS11)  General Electric has long been one of Louisville’s largest employers and the company is hoping to one day add more jobs in Kentuckiana, through the power of wind.

In this week’s Project Green, Meteorologist Ben Pine gets up close and personal with one of G.E.’s gigantic wind blades.

Huge, enormous, massive, are just a few of the ways to describe the 131 foot wind blade.

The blade recently was brought in from South Dakota for a stop in Louisville at Appliance Park and the Louisville Zoo, as part of a 28-day, 2,400 mile, 9 state “Capture the Wind” tour.

Its final stop will be at the Windpower 2010 conference in Dallas, Texas this week.  It’s all in an effort to help promote this renewable power source.

More wind turbines means more production factories and hopefully, a whirlwind of jobs; possibly in Kentuckiana.

One big job is driving the blade from state to state; imagine taking a corner with a 150 foot rig.

And hundreds of people are signing off on wind energy, by autographing the blade.

G.E. is the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the U.S, making one of about every two wind turbines that are currently in 31 states; with hopes of making many more.

There are some drawbacks to wind energy.  Some say it’s not quite cost effective and that the wind farms can be noisy, effect migratory bird paths and take up space.