February 01, 2009
According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy jobs increased 70 percent to 85,000 in 2008, 4,000 more workers than are employed in coaling mining (based of Department of Energy figures).
Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of of all new electricity generation installed last year in the U.S. Overall installed wind capacity increased 50 percent for the year to 25,170 megawatts.
Although President Obama has extended tax credits for the wind industry, growth is expected to slow this year due to the weakening economy and production delays.