Vestas cuts jobs

Vestas Americas lays off 114 workers due to lagging demand for renewable energy projects.

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Vestas Americas laid off 114 workers this week, including 15 at the company’s North American headquarters in Portland.

Cuts were made due to the low demand for renewable energy projects, and also come at a time when Portland is encouraging to Vestas to expand locally.

Portland and state officials had offered as much as $31.5 million in direct incentives for the expansion. And Kulongoski flew to Europe in October partly to meet with Vestas executives to push the project.

Adams and a spokeswoman for Kulongoski both said they continue to work with the company. Adams used the opportunity to call on Congress to pass a national energy policy.

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