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Study questions coal-fired power plant job counts

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A report by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in Chattanooga shows that coal-fired power plants do not always live up to predicted counts of construction and permanent jobs.

The report released Thursday shows there are 37 proposed coal-fired power plants under development.

The center analyzed the largest coal-powered plants that became operational between 2005 and 2009. At those six locations — in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, South Carolina and Wisconsin — analyses of employment data and labor retention rates showed that only the plant in Iowa had an increase in construction employment that matched the predicted level.

Ochs Center President and CEO David Eichenthal said communities where coal plants are being proposed should be on notice that the accompanying job promises are not always kept.

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  1. Did you ever stop to think that maybe it’s because these new coal-fired plants are running more efficiently than projected?…Just a thought…, which seems to be more than what was put into this article.

    And, in another study by the Ouch center, ‘green jobs’ created by windmills and solar panels, do not always live up to the predicted counts of construction and permanent jobs.
    Communities where those are being proposed should be on notice that the accompanying job promises are not always kept. (make that…never kept)

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