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I don't know the figures anymore, but windpower in Germany should be higher than 30,000 now (from memory).  That will explode again in the next years, particularly in the offshore field.  infrastructure needs to be built to support the growth, beginning with technical training.

I have no figures for the US, but i'm aware that nearly a dozen, perhaps more, community colleges have opened new training courses for the various jobs involved in servicing and operating windparks.  There are turbine assembly plants going into buildings vacant since the end of the steel industry.  New blade facilities are being built on the order of several a year.  One can conjecture that soon the numbers will add up to something significant for the US.

Just to throw something positive on the table.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Jul 10th, 2008 at 02:36:48 PM EST
I read last year that it was 150,000 for all of the EU, with about half for Germany, and the rest mostly in Spain and Denmark.

With current market growth, we must be close to 100,000. In places like Bremerhaven, or near the border with Denmark, the presence of the industry is rather more than obvious (and I'm not talking about the windfarms themselves, but rather all the heavy industry activity they generate).

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 04:28:14 AM EST
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Right, currently over 90,000 jobs.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 05:18:56 AM EST
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What's interesting is that windpower in Germany created 20,000 jobs nationwide last year, during the worst year of installed capacity since 2000.  If this isn't a signal of windpower's potential as an economic life raft, i don't know what is.  28.5% increase in one year, and that's before the offshore industry truly takes off.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 05:31:41 AM EST
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but not for Europe or for the rest of the world. Exports, baby! At increasing prices!

What has struck me with many Germany players in the industry, both on the development and industrial side, is that these are fairly new companies, started by rather young guys (few gals, sorry) - in effect, you have a whole new generation of industrial entrepreneurs, and quite a few of them are hitting the big leagues now.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 05:46:34 AM EST
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How many of these jobs were in the development phase, and how many are the management/operation jobs necessary to keep things ticking over?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 10:24:37 AM EST
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No wonder the powers that be are opposed to windpower!  It actually employs people . . . something to be avoided at all costs.
by Zwackus on Thu Jul 17th, 2008 at 08:47:07 AM EST
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