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Wind Wire: Job opportunities

Meeting Ireland's 2020 renewable energy targets could create over 10,760 jobs in the wind sector and lead to wind investments of EUR14.75 billion across the island, of which around EUR5.1 billion would be retained within the Irish economy.

These are the findings of a study by Deloitte commissioned by the Irish Wind Energy Association. To meet Ireland's 16% renewables target, including the government's 33% target for electricity from renewables and Northern Ireland's share of the 15% UK renewable energy goal, will require some 7800 MW of wind across the island-almost a six-fold increase from current capacity. The report says Ireland has missed out on most of the employment potential associated with wind energy, which is in manufacturing. As a result, the majority of wind jobs created will be in construction (68%), followed by development (11%), which includes financing and legal services. The report warns of looming skills shortages and highlights a lack of awareness among students of career opportunities in the sector.

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