The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States. The new report shows wind energy can supply the U.S. with 10 percent of the country’s electricity by 2020, 20 percent by 2030 and 35 percent by 2050 and provides a road map for how to get there. Wind Vision updates and expands on the DOE’s 2008 report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing wind energy’s contribution to the U.S. electricity supply, which galvanized the rapid growth of wind so that it now generates 4.7 percent of America’s electricity.
AWEA on Wind Vision
AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan: “We can do this and save you money by doing it. This definitive report sets forth aggressive scenarios for the growth of wind energy in America, and the industry stand ready to achieve these numbers. That starts with getting common-sense policies in place, so we can double U.S. wind energy in the next five years."
"Although the report does not analyze the impacts of policies or make policy recommendations, two key measures needed to achieve these results are a stable federal Production Tax Credit and states’ greater use of wind to comply with the Clean Power Plan. The U.S. can stay on track to a cleaner, more diverse energy portfolio if Congress provides wind energy with the long-term, stable policy it provides to other energy sources.”
AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan on YouTube:
Wind Vision Ambassadors
The Wind Energy Foundation is partnering with AWEA on a year-long Wind Vision rollout campaign. WEF is taking a lead role on the Wind Vision Ambassadors program, where industry leaders and partners are trained and deployed to speak about Wind Vision at key conferences, workshops and other events.
The following video features Wind Vision Ambassadors describing the report.
If you are interested in becoming a Wind Vision Ambassador, please contact Kara Shuman at email@example.com.
Click here to view the Department of Energy's interactive map illustrating wind power's growth: http://1.usa.gov/1G42iVB
Wind Vision in the news
- USA Today: Report: Wind power could be 35% of supply by 2050
- Washington Post: Wind could supply a third of the country's power needs by 2050, government says
- CBS: Wind could power one-third of the country by 2050
- NBC: World must avoid 'moral failure' at climate change talks: Kerry (Secretary of State mentions Wind Vision)
- The Hill: White House envisions wind providing a third of U.S. power
- Politico Pro: DOE elaborates on wind power's path to 20 percent of U.S. demand by 2030 (subscription required)
- EnergyGuardian: DOE report says wind could generate 35 percent of U.S. power by 2050
- Christian Science Monitor: Report: U.S. wind power tomorrow will be what coal power is today
- Huffington Post: Energy Department projects U.S. could get to 35 percent wind power by 2050
- E&E ClimateWire: DOE says wind could supply 35% of nation's power by midcentury (subscription required)
- Huffington Post Green Blog: A bold vision for a better future unveiled (Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA)
- Huffington Post Green Blog: Coexistence is the key to our wind vision (President of Defenders of Wildlife on Wind Vision)
- White House Blog: The promise of wind energy
- Senator Ed Markey: DOE wind report refutes doom and gloom opponents of Obama climate plan
Wind Vision highlights
- As the cost of wind energy has fallen dramatically, wind development has attracted over $100 billion in private investment since 2008.
- The wind industry currently employs 73,000 people in the U.S., with a manufacturing supply chain of more than 500 factories across 43 states.
- In 2014, U.S. wind plants reduced carbon pollution by 125 million metric tons, equivalent to 26 million cars’ worth of carbon emissions.
- By providing 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, wind energy would support 380,000 well-paying jobs, $650 million in annual lease payments to landowners, and nearly $1.8 billion a year in tax payments to communities. By 2050, wind energy would create additional 600,000 well-paying jobs, $1 billion in annual lease payments to landowners, and nearly $3.2 billion a year in tax payments to communities.
- Wind energy has already cut electric sector carbon emissions by over 5 percent; those emissions will fall by an additional 16 percent by 2030 as wind increases from 4.5 percent of our electricity mix to 20 percent.
- Cumulatively through 2050, wind’s pollution reductions would avoid $400 billion in climate change damages. Wind would save an additional $108 billion in public health costs by cutting other air pollutants, including preventing 22,000 premature deaths.
- Wind would conserve 260 billion gallons of water a year by 2050, displacing 23 percent of total U.S. power plant water consumption.
Elements of the road map for achieving the Wind Vision include:
- Improved weather forecasting, and optimized layout of turbines at wind farms for maximum power
- Next-generation technology, and advanced standards and testing
- A robust U.S. manufacturing base and expanded domestic supply chain for advanced materials
- Best practices for performance, reliability, and safety adopted across the industry
- Sufficient transmission lines to deliver low-cost wind energy to population centers.
- Mitigation of public use concerns, clear regulations, and better public understanding
- Workforce development, with technical training from primary schools to universities
- Consistent policies, which unleash the necessary private investment
Wind Vision graphics created by AWEA
U.S. Department of Energy
Wind Energy Foundation