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US Wind Power Jobs Up 20 Percent in 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

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New project development and construction is driving rapid job growth in U.S. wind power. The industry supported 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016—a 20 percent increase over the previous year, according to the latest report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The “U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015” looks at industry trends and statistics, providing company rankings and the market picture through 2015. The report was released April 12, in a press conference held at the Vestas Americas Wind Systems manufacturing plant in Brighton, CO.

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The U.S. wind industry supports 38,000 jobs in project development and construction, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

“We’re helping young people in rural America find a job close to home,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said in the company’s announcement. “Others are getting a fresh chance to rebuild their careers by landing a job in the booming clean energy sector.”

Kiernan wants to see today’s job numbers increase by more than 400 percent. He says that with “long-term, stable policy in place, and a broader range of customers now buying low-cost wind-generated electricity, our workforce can grow to 380,000 well-paying jobs by 2030.”

Job Growth by State

According to AWEA, the job growth witnessed in 2015 can be attributed to the increase in wind project development and construction. Out of 88,000 total jobs in the U.S. wind industry, 38,000 are in project development and construction, according to the report.

wind employment by state
American Wind Energy Association

The top states for wind energy employment are Texas and Oklahoma.

Manufacturing accounts for over 21,000 jobs across 43 states, up over 10 percent in a year. Wind turbine technicians—the country’s fastest growing occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—now make up 8,800 jobs.

The top states for wind energy employment are Texas (24,000 jobs), followed by Oklahoma (7,000). Iowa and Colorado both offer over 6,000 jobs, followed by Kansas (5,000).

wind facilities in U.S.
American Wind Energy Association

Texas also leads in new wind project investment, with capital investment of more than $32.7 billion over the past decade.

Texas also leads in new wind project investment, with capital investment of more than $32.7 billion over the past decade. Overall, U.S. wind has attracted $128 billion in new wind project investment over the last 10 years, AWEA says.

About the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. It has 1,000 member companies across wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing and component and service suppliers.


Tagged categories: American Wind Energy Association (AWEA); Hiring; Jobs; Market forecasts; Wind Towers

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