Thursday, October 14, 2004

Investment in Wind Turbine Development = New Manufacturing Jobs Where They're Needed Most

Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP) recently published an intriguing report on the potential economic impact of increased wind turbine development in the United States. The report, Wind Turbine Development: Location of Manfacturing Activity, draws an important comparison between potential new jobs and recent national job loses, noting that increased investment in wind turbine technology could result in thousands of new jobs in the regions of the U.S. that have been hardest hit by manufacturing job losses

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) press release on the report summarizes: "Boosting U.S. wind energy installations to approximately eight times today's levels could create 150,000 manufacturing jobs nationwide, with most jobs being added in the 20 states that have lost the most over the past three years."

The 20 states that would potentially benefit the most, receiving 80% of the job creation, are the same states that account for 76% of the manufacturing jobs lost in the U.S. over the last 3 1/2 years including: California, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New York.

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