Wind power beats hydropower in the US adding 15,000 new jobs

The US wind industry is soaring and now employs more than 100,000 people, attracting USD 14 billion in wind farm investments over 2016.

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Although wind power still only makes up 5.5 percent of the total US energy consumption, this percentage is rapidly growing along with the number of jobs and wind farms in the industry, according to a report published by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The US added almost 15,000 new jobs to the wind industry in 2016 meaning that total employment in the industry reached more than 102,000 jobs. As such, the job growth grew nine times faster in the wind industry than in the overall economy last year, determines AWEA. 2016 was also the year in which wind power surpassed hydropower as the country's largest renewable energy source.

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