Wind offers 'good jobs,' but growth slowing
However, total employment in wind energy dipped from 3,107 to 2,831 between 2009 and 2010. And, while it jumped back up this year, it is not expected to grow dramatically in the near future, according to Kerry Koonce, IWD spokeswoman.
"Projections say that growth will probably be flat for awhile as the state is pretty saturated," Koonce said. "This could change if other types of alternative energy outputs falter."
November 18, 2011
by Jim Offner
in Sioux City Journal
WATERLOO - Wind-energy proponents talk about the jobs in Iowa that turbines will power.
The state had only 3,323 jobs directly linked to wind power, as of March 31, 2011, according to Iowa Workforce Development.
Iowa's total workforce is around 1.5 million, according to IWD.
Wind-related employment has increased 66 percent, from 1,937 to the current 3,223 since 2007. Most notable in that increase are the number of workers in the turbine/turbine manufacturing area, which increased from 388 in 2007 to 1,830 as of last March. That's a 372 percent jump.
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