Wind energy could provide 30,000 new jobs by 2020, claims lobby group

By Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times:

WIND ENERGY could create 30,000 new jobs by 2020, according to an industry lobby group, which yesterday called on State agencies to establish specialist units to promote the sector.

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) published a report arguing that the Republic could export 6,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity – the equivalent of 15 average sized power plants – to Britain by the end of the decade.

The report estimates that the investment required to deliver this, along with a drive to attract wind turbine manufacturers to the Republic, could create up to 30,400 new jobs within eight years and bring in €18 billion in investment… Read more

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