The American Wind Energy Association estimates that 10,000 jobs will be lost by September — primarily among manufacturers of wind turbines and components facing a dearth of orders for next year. By the end of the first quarter of 2013, the industry will have shed about 37,000 jobs without quick action on a PTC renewal, according to a widely cited study AWEA commissioned from Navigant Consulting. The industry estimates it employed about 78,000 people at the beginning of this year.
Yep, without the government digging deep into your pocket, the wind industry can't be competitive. Half the people employed will be gone in less than a year.
Gotta love the government picking winners and losers in the marketplace, seems they never pick right.
'The U.S. wind industry has … demonstrated reliability and performance levels that make them very competitive. It has come to the point that the California Energy Commission has predicted windpower will be that State’s lowest cost source of energy in the 1990s, beating out even large-scale hydro. '
From testimony to congress, 26 years ago, rose colored glasses seldom let a person see reality.
Much more at http://www.masterresource.org/2012/06/wind-layoffs-starting/