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DOE supports small business green projects

On February 21, 2012, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 142 small businesses from around the country have begun work on new research projects that will increase the use of green energy, such as better wind turbines, chemical-free ways to kill bacteria in power plant cooling water, and improving gas turbines.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is providing grants totaling $26.4 million to the small businesses, which it says will create jobs and new projects in America and boost the country's global competitiveness.

"These small businesses are working to develop new technologies to bring to the marketplace, creating new jobs and potentially new industries here in America," said Secretary Chu.  "As part of the Obama Administration’s Startup America Initiative, these innovative small businesses are helping the Department improve America’s energy security, grow our economy, and ensure U.S. companies can compete in the global economy." 

The development of more green projects, such as wind turbine installations, will likely come with more exposure to green job hazards. Falls, confined spaces, electrical, fire and other similar hazards may be present in these projects.

Ensure worker safety by providing appropriate safety products, such as fall protection, electric-shock resistant hard hats, and work gloves, to employees.