Indiana Could Benefit As Wind Industry Grows Nationally

By NICK JANZEN, WBOI NPR News

MAR 20, 2017

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency shows the wind industry is stronger than ever. The amount of installed wind energy overtook hydroelectric for the first time at the end of 2016, to lead U.S. renewable energy capacity.

That news follows a December report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which projects wind turbine technician is the fastest growing occupation for 2014-2024.

American Wind Energy Association Analyst Hannah Hunt says those trends are also playing out in Indiana.

“It’s what we like to call a cash crop that’s providing a certain amount of price certainty and supplemental income that’s really needed in these communities,” Hunt says.

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