Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Rep. Garamendi Touts Rio Vista’s Investment in Clean Energy Job Training

June 12, 2013
Press Release


On the House Floor, Congressman Garamendi speaks about Rio Vista High’s green jobs training program
WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, spoke on the House floor yesterday to highlight renewable energy investments in his district, noting a program started by EDF Renewable Energy at Rio Vista High School to promote job training in green industry.  Profiled in a Fairfield Daily Republic article, the program emphasizes a variety of jobs in energy producing manufacturing in California, including wind energy, solar power, solar thermal energy, and hydrogen fuel cells.  Rep. Garamendi praised the program for promoting investment in green technology, education, and the economy.
Video of the floor speech is available online here.  Full text of the speech is available below:
Floor Statement of Rep. John Garamendi
Safe Climate Caucus
June 11, 2013
This is a program that EDF Renewable Energy, which operates Wind Turbines between Rio Vista and Fairfield and Sassoon City in my district.  We have a big wind farm there, and they are funding a program at Rio Vista High School this year as a way to promote job training in green industry.
Jim Bard is the instructor in the renewable energy class which emphasizes wind energy.  So it’s exactly what you said: this private company, that has  numerous wind turbines, I think several hundred wind turbines in this big wind farm, needs workers  So they’ve gone to the local high school and they’re creating what is, I suppose at one time we would call, a vocational education class.  But it’s getting the kids educated and prepared to take jobs in their own neighborhood.  
And so here you see the green technology – wind energy – coupling up with education to provide middle class jobs.  It’s a great example.  
My congratulations to EDF and their renewable energy program, to Jim Bard, and to the folks in Rio Vista at the Rio Vista High School, which I proudly represent.