Wind energy has added jobs to the economy at a rate 9 times faster than any other industries, according to a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
As stated in their 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, the wind energy industry has added over 8,000MW for a second straight year in the US, which means there’s now enough energy to power 24 million American homes. In 2016 alone, wind energy has had over $14 billion invested and supports roughly 102,500 jobs, a new record high.
CEO of AWEA, Tom Kiernan, speaking at an event in St. Paul, said:
“Thanks to another year of strong, steady growth, wind increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 jobs just last year and bringing total wind industry employment to over 102,000 jobs across all 50 states,”
“By building new wind farms we are investing in rural and Rust Belt America. And last year, wind energy became America’s number one source of renewable generating capacity, further advancing U.S. energy security.”
Minnesota Republican Representative Tom Emmer sent a letter of support to AWEA saying:
“Wind power is a critical component of an all-of-the-above energy approach focused on reducing consumer costs, furthering advances in renewable technologies, and moving our country closer to total energy independence. I will continue to support policies that further a comprehensive approach to improve our country’s energy outlook and ensure that American wind production remains a key component of that strategy.”