Saturday, June 26, 2004

How many jobs are created through the use of wind power?

At the end of 2002, 13 800 wind turbines with a combined power rating of 12 000 megawatts (MW) were installed in Germany. If operated all year round they would produce 21.6 billion kilowatt-hours (billion kWh) in a "normal wind year”. That would be about 4 % of the annually electricity generated in Germany (530 to 540 billion kWh). In the last years wind conditions were well below average, i.e. the average base utilization rate of 1 800 full-load hours has not been achieved. In the year 2001, wind contributed 2.2% of generated power (11,5 of altogether 534 billion kWh).

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