South Carolina’s future in energy development was taken up for discussion yesterday. Green technology can help the environment, create jobs and grow the economy- that’s according to General Electric spokesman Jeffrey Immelt. Immelt spoke to a Greenville audience Tuesday as part of a renewable energy summit. The top executive says the state nor nation has invested enough in energy technology and with new energy ideas, millions of jobs can be created within the next five years.
The summit was held at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. GE Energy took part, as it employs about 3,100 people at its gas turbine Greenville plant. For South Carolina, Clemson announced last month it was getting nearly $100 million to study wind energy, which could create thousands of more jobs.