A new report from Navigant Consulting concludes that the U.S. wind industry will drive over $85 billion in economic activity over the next four years while wind-related employment will grow to reach 248,000 jobs in all 50 states in 2020. The report forecasts new wind project additions from 2017-2020 made possible, in part, by the multi-year extension of the Production Tax Credit in late 2015, and quantifies the jobs and economic benefits associated with those additions. Navigant concludes that the PTC will enable the development of around 35,000 megawatts of new wind power capacity across the country between 2017 and 2020. By 2020, Navigant expects 33,000 Americans to be working in wind manufacturing facilities, 114,000 Americans to be building, operating and maintaining wind turbines, and an additional 102,000 workers in jobs supporting the industry.
– via the American Wind Energy Association