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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