The United Steelworkers (USW) announced on Friday that it has signed
agreements with A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd, (NASDAQ: APWR) and
Shenyang Power Group (SPG), two of China’s leading power generation
This agreement “provides a strong foundation for a win-win relationship
between Chinese renewable energy equipment manufacturers and U.S. workers as
the USW will guide and work collaboratively on all aspects of the companies.
U.S. market strategies including manufacturing, assembly, component
sourcing, distribution and wind energy project development,” the USW said.
“We will work with A-Power and SPG to create long-term, good-paying, green
American jobs,” USW International President Leo Gerard said.
“The USW is committed to building a strong domestic supply chain that will
be key to the future of America’s global renewable energy leadership.”
A-Power and SPG anticipate purchasing over time approximately 50,000 tons of
steel to be manufactured in unionized American steel mills to supply the
towers for a 615MW wind farm in Texas.
“It is an honor to team up with the Steelworkers for this historic
partnership that will result in hundreds of American jobs and help create a
clean energy future for the U.S.,” said Cappy McGarr, US-REG Managing
“We look forward to working closely with the USW on further projects to help
expand wind power and renewable energy in the U.S.”
“Through our partnership with the U.S. Renewable Energy Group, we had the
unique opportunity to meet President Gerard and understand his vision for
win-win relationships between manufacturers and workers,” said Jinxiang Lu,
Shenyang Power Group Chairman and CEO.
“We quickly discovered that our company’s high standards at every level of
the clean energy technology supply chain were the same as those of the USW.
A-Power, SPG and USW know that the success of our organizations is dependent
on developing the world’s most sophisticated and skilled workforce.”
“Our cooperation with USW will benefit the development of our projects,
including the planning of a wind turbine assembly plant in Nevada and the
ongoing development of the supply chain for the expected delivery of wind
turbines to the 615MW wind farm under development in Texas,” said A-Power
COO John S. Lin said.
“This is obviously the first cooperative agreement between the USW and a
company headquartered in China, and it is appropriate that we recognize the
expertise and insight of Cappy McGarr and Ed Cunningham of the U.S.
Renewable Energy Group who brought together this landmark cooperation,”