Wind Energy Jobs in the US Are Higher Than That at Other Power Plants

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According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), jobs in the country’s wind energy sector have already exceeded 100,000, a number that is higher than that at coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, and natural gas power plants.

These jobs can be found across the country, with Texas having nearly 25% of all of them. According to a report by the DOE titled “Wind Vision”, more growth in the industry is even more possible, with the potential to create around 380,000 jobs by 2030.

Giving his opinion on this data, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Tom Kiernan, said:

Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans. The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs. Wind workers directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story. We’re especially proud of helping America’s veterans find well-paying jobs after their service, employing them at a rate that is 50 percent higher than the national average.”

Based on the estimates by the AWEA, around 88,000 people were already employed in the country’s wind industry at the end of 2015, which is a 20% increase from 2014. And in 2016, wind energy jobs had hit near-record amounts especially in the areas of facility construction and expansion in states, such as Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Wisconsin.