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U.K. Wind Energy Jobs Up 91%

U.K. Wind Energy Jobs Up 91%

Employment in the U.K. wind power industry has surged 91 percent in three years, the RenewableUK lobby group said today.

The number of people employed full-time in the large-scale onshore and offshore wind energy industry rose to about 9,200 in 2010 from 4,800 in 2007, RenewableUK said today in an e-mailed report. Belfast Harbour plans to create 300 full-time jobs in a 40-million pound ($65-million) project to build a new quay for use by Dong Energy A/S to assemble turbines and foundations, the port and wind farm operator said today in a separate statement.

The U.K. is banking on wind energy to help meet its European Union target of deriving 15 percent of energy for electricity, heat and transportation from renewables by 2020.

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