Apex won’t keep its word to create local jobs
Watertown Daily Times | MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
You would think if a big renewable energy company, like Apex Clean Energy, Charlottesville, Va., would be honest in its statements about permanent job creation.
In a May 17, 2017, article, the Watertown Daily Times reported that Apex was proposing to create three to five permanent positions for its Galloo Island wind project.
At the time, Jefferson County officials asked Apex if all jobs would be created in our labor market — and that it’s a good thing it’s not zero.
But in its most recent Article 10 filing on April 2, Apex’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Goodwin intends to do exactly what Jefferson County officials feared: create no local, permanent jobs!
Goodwin states in Apex’s Joint Application, “Due to the remote location of the project site, staff will typically not be on duty during normal business hours (i.e., eight hours a day, five days per week).
Rather, staff will be on island for short durations as necessary to perform either routine or emergency maintenance.”
What Goodwin is really saying is there will be no permanent jobs created by the Galloo project.