President Barack Obama signed a massive $787 billion economic stimulus bill February 17 at a Denver museum powered by 465 solar panels. The money bill outlines $50 billion in direct appropriations for energy-related projects, plus extensive energy tax breaks expected to total $20 billion over ten years. Obama signed the measure into law amid rising unemployment and more gloomy economic reports after Congress passed the bill February 13 (Circuit, Feb. 13, 2009). \u201cWe are putting Americans to work doing the work America needs done in critical areas that have been neglected too long,\u201d said Obama. He promised the measure would \u201cdouble\u201d renewable energy production over the next three years, plus \u201ctransform the way we use energy\u201d by fostering energy efficiency and a smart grid. The President also said the bill would create \u201ca national energy superhighway\u201d that transmits solar power from the Southwest and wind power from the Midwest into populous cities. In all, a White House summary projected the money bill\u2019s energy provisions would result in $100 billion in clean energy projects. The summary cited a Council of Economic Advisors forecast that the measure would create 305,000 jobs in the energy industry and 153,000 indirect jobs. The whole measure would create or preserve 3.5 million jobs, the White House estimated. California, the President\u2019s staff estimated, can expect to see a total of 396,000 new or preserved jobs as a result of the measure, including those in the energy field. The new energy jobs are to be created by numerous projects outlined in the bill. For instance, the summary noted that the federal government would invest $11 billion in creating a smart grid that integrates renewable energy and cuts congestion on transmission lines, which costs ratepayers billions of dollars a year nationwide. To do that, the summary said the measure aims to build 3,000 miles of new or upgraded transmission lines nationwide and support deployment of 40 million smart meters. It also appropriates $100 million to train new transmission line workers to replace aging utility workers. The renewable energy industry--which has been teetering with the economic downturn--reacted favorably. \u201cThe solar energy provisions in this bill will help create 60,000 jobs in the solar industry in 2009 alone and a total of 110,000 over the next two years,\u201d predicted Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association president. American Wind Energy Association chief executive officer Denise Bode said the bill would create \u201cjobs by the thousand\u201d in the wind power industry.