Promises of jobs
(Posted September 24, 2007)
The wind industry has incented rural communities to host wind energy installations with promises of jobs for local workers, the bulk of which are short-term, construction-related positions. After the facility is operational, only 1-2 people are employed full-time near the site per 50 megawatts of installed capacity. The facility largely runs unattended and is monitored remotely from locations in Europe and elsewhere.
Contrast this with a typical biomass facility that provides 20 full-time positions at the operating plant and another 2 positions per megawatt capacity (40+ people) in the woods conducting fuel procurement (ref. Ridgewood Renewable Power of New Jersey). But even temporary local construction jobs for wind plants may be proving elusive, as this letter from the Ironworkers Local 33 in New York demonstrates. See: http://www.windaction.org/documents/11901.