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RENEWABLES MEAN JOBS
1 April 1996
Around 210,000 new jobs could be created in the Germany energy sector by the year 2020 through the consistent promotion and use of renewable energies, according to the Öko Institute of Darmstadt. It remains to be seen whether this finding will encourage politicians in Bonn, shaken by the recent revelation that registered unemployment has topped four million in Germany, to fight for a better deal for wind power on the electricity market. Öko Institute recommends a step by step closure of the German coal and nuclear industries and a rapid expansion in the use of wind, solar and biomass energies as well as efficient energy use and energy saving. Wind energy is a prime example, according to the institute's Brigitte Peter. In this sector, employment has ballooned from just a few hundred four years ago to 4,400 today.
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