DOE Releases New Report on the Potential of Wind Generation in the U.S.

On May 12, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report entitled “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030.” This first-of-its-kind report is a thorough examination of America’s wind resources. Andy Karsner, the DOE’s Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said, “To dramatically reduce GHG emissions and enhance our energy security, clean power generation at the gigawatt scale will be necessary, and will require us to take a comprehensive approach to scaling renewable wind power, streamlining siting and permitting processes, and expanding the domestic wind manufacturing base.” This report outlines a scenario where U.S. wind generation is boosted from its current level of roughly 17 GW to 304 GW by 2030. The report emphasizes that the increased use of wind generation will require new transmission and advanced integration technologies.

 

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