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EU Wind Power Industry: 520,000 Employed by 2020

Apr 10, 2012 5:18 PM est    Location: Brussels, Belgium

BRUSSELS, April 10, 2012  -- The European wind power industry's contribution to EU economic growth will increase almost threefold over the decade by 2020. More than half a million people will be working for the wind power industry in Europe by 2020.


The sector has been proven to be a powerful motor against economic slowdown in Europe. This will be shown on Monday 16 April 2012, as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) presents its latest report "Green Growth - The Impact of Wind Energy on Jobs and The Economy", published at the EWEA 2012 Annual Event in Copenhagen. The report analyses the sector's contribution to GDP and job creation now and in future, with forecasts for 2020 and 2030. The EWEA 2012 Annual Event will be opened in Copenhagen by the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, with 10,000 participants expected to come.


Denmark's Energy and Climate Minister Martin Lidegaard will chair a debate on the EU Energy Roadmap to 2030, with Presidents and Chief Executive Officers of Acciona Windpower, Dong Energy, GE Renewable Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, RES Group, Siemens, Vattenfall and Vestas.


More than 100 journalists from all over the world have registered so far. The Global Wind Energy Council will publish its latest Global Market Report while Chief Executive Officers of wind energy associations from Europe, the US, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Japan will explain the latest wind power industry developments in their countries.


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SOURCE: EWEA European Wind Energy Association, PRNewswire