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WIND ENERGY CRITICAL IN DRIVING JOBS

20 Jun 11:00 by Green Energy

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Sourcing half of Australia’s electricity from renewables like wind would create more than 28,000 new Australian jobs, research has found.

The Renewable Energy: Future Jobs and Growth report, by Ernst and Young and the Climate Council, finds that 50% renewable electricity by 2030 will boost employment by almost 50% if Australia sticks to the current trajectory of 34% renewables by 2030.

The modelling for 50% renewable electricity showed that 17% of all employment between 2014-30 will be created through wind farm construction.

Almost one in five of the ongoing operations jobs created will be in wind (19%). In 2030, more people will be employed in the wind industry in New South Wales (29%) than any other type of power generation