Wind employment could total 2.1 million jobs in less than 10 years

Renewable energies aren’t just driving progress in the United State’s quest to become self-sufficient. New sources of energy are also increasing employment in the country and the world at large.

Wind has been one of the key players in the green energy game. It has drawn increased focus from lawmakers, businesses and renewable energy recruiters who can now lay testament to the fact wind power is revolutionizing modern energy and becoming a powerhouse jobs creator. With the right amount of policy and support, employment opportunities in wind could grow substantially as early as 2020, according to a new report.

Three scenarios outline jobs predictions
Employment in the wind power sector could see a massive uptick in employment as the number of operations increase all over the world, according to the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2012, created by Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council. In its fourth edition, the outlook report said wind power could supply up to 12 percent of electricity worldwide by 2020, creating 1.4 million new jobs in the process.

That number of positions created by wind power, however, depends on the future of wind energy. The outlook report based its projections on three different scenarios. The first assumes the status quo in wind energy will continue and the second is a moderate prediction that wind power gets greater interest from governments, consumers and investors and planned wind projects are realized in actuality. In the third, a perfect climate of supportive policy and total commitment to renewable energy brings wind to new heights.

Currently, there are some 650,000 jobs in wind energy globally. Under the first scenario, that number would increase to 740,000 by 2015, decrease to 657,000 in 2020 and tick back up to 705,000 by 2030. If circumstances similar to the moderate outlook arise, employment levels could rise to nearly 890,000 in 2015, 1.2 million by 2020 and 1.7 million by 2030. 

The advanced scenario held even greater potential for wind energy job creation. In 2015, jobs could total 1.6 million; by 2020 that number could rise to 2.1 million and by 2030 it could reach 2.6 million worldwide.

“The most important ingredient for the long term success of the wind industry is stable, long term policy, sending a clear signal to investors about the government’s vision for the scope and potential for the technology,” said Sven Teske, senior energy expert for Greenpeace. “The Global Wind Energy Outlook shows that the industry could employ 2.1 million people by 2020 – three times more than today, given the right policy support.”

As the United States leads the charge for green energy market growth, many more jobs in wind could be coming stateside. Working with renewable energy recruiters can sufficiently prepare cleantech firms for big increases in employment.