20% Wind Energy by 2030
Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply
The U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with AWEA and other organizations, embarked on an extensive study in 2006 to determine the feasibility of supplying at least 20% of the nation’s electricity from wind power by 2030. The report, released in 2008 by the George W. Bush Administration, resoundingly concluded that there were no technical barriers to achieving the 20% goal.
The report estimated the annual new wind installations that would be required to meet the 20% target by 2030. Through 2012, the wind industry has exceeded the annual target installations in every year since the report was published.
The report provides good insight into the costs, major impacts and challenges associated with the 20% Wind Scenario. It investigates requirements and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing, transmission and integration, markets, environment and siting. The report finds that the nation possesses affordable wind energy resources far in excess of those needed to enable a 20% scenario. Access a factsheet from the report summarizing:
- Benefits of wind energy / challenges to the growth of the wind industry
- Assumptions used in the 20% Wind Scenario analysis
- Transmission infrastructure and wind integration
- Environmental and siting considerations for wind power
- Wind turbine technology development and supply chain / wind turbine manufacturing potential and opportunities