Voith Hydro to Represent Hydropower Industry at Green Jobs Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill

Jun 16, 2009, 15:30 ET from Voith Hydro

Hydropower continues to gain importance as part of America's energy solution

YORK, Pa., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Voith Hydro was invited to participate in the first-ever Green Jobs Leadership Summit hosted by the Congressional leadership in Washington, D.C. on June 17. The event will highlight renewable resource companies, and includes a keynote address from Vice President Joe Biden.

Voith was nominated to attend the summit by Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa). As the leading producer of renewable hydro energy technology, Voith is the only hydropower company invited.

Headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, Voith Hydro is an innovative, fast-growing company creating renewable hydro energy solutions. Voith Hydro produces cost-efficient - and environmentally friendly - equipment for hydropower dams, which harness the natural power of water into clean, reliable and renewable power.

Voith CEO E. Mark Garner will attend Wednesday's summit as one of just 30 business leaders who will join members of Congress, labor organizers and key environmental groups to discuss ways to support America's clean energy economy, the creation of green jobs, and training our nation's workforce for those jobs.

"Voith Hydro's commitment to creating renewable energy solutions makes the company an excellent representative for Pennsylvania at the Summit," said Sen. Arlen Specter. "Their experience in the growing field of hydropower will add an important perspective to the discussion on creating green jobs and clean energy."

President Obama toured and met with workers at Voith Hydro's manufacturing plant in York, Pa. while on the campaign trail in September 2008. During that visit, Garner stressed the huge potential hydropower represents for America's efforts to build a green economy.

"A clean, inexpensive, renewable source of energy right here in America, Hydropower has huge growth potential both as part of our nation's energy solution and creating good-paying green jobs," said Voith CEO Mark Garner. "We're pleased to help showcase this clean, green, renewable power source during the summit."

"AMP-Ohio and Voith Hydro are taking leadership roles in bringing clean energy to Ohio," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Ohioans deserve access to affordable sources of clean energy. These hydroelectric projects will bring economic development to the region and provide a source of domestically-produced, clean energy."

Currently the United States gets only 8 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric power, but the industry could double its capacity utilizing new technologies, new installations and modernization of existing facilities. That could also create more good-paying jobs and lower electricity rates for the U.S.

About Voith Hydro - Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith - with a workforce of approximately 3,000 employees and an order intake of more than $1.5 billion in the past year. The company is a worldwide leader in hydropower equipment.

Voith Hydro has major projects in Ohio, Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Kentucky and West Virginia.

For more information, contact: Lesley Rogers at 206-334-1483, lesleyr@strategies360.com

SOURCE Voith Hydro