Two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council have detailed the potentially widespread impact on local and national economies from the addition of wind farms.
The reports, released in advance of an upcoming vote in the Senate about a key wind energy tax credit, highlight the potential for wind farms to contribute jobs to the local economy while increasing tax revenue in the region.
According to one of the reports, a 250-megawatt wind farm can add as many as 1,079 jobs. Many of these positions are relatively short term construction jobs, but 557 out of the total come from non-construction sectors such as manufacturing, sales and maintenance.
"Every time a wind farm gets built, American jobs are created. These reports show what the [Production Tax Credit] has done for the wind industry - and why it's essential that it is extended," Cai Steger, a policy advocate for the NRDC and co-author of one of the reports, said in a statement.
The Production Tax Credit, which expires at the end of this year, provides wind companies with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of energy produced, easing the difference in cost from market prices.