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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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