Wind Vision

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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 Wind Vision report thumbnail 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 press release: "Definitive new report shows wind energy can become one of America’s top electricity sources, while saving consumers money"

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 kshuman@windenergyfoundation.org.

Interactive Map

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

Wind Vision highlights

Current benefits

  • 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.

Future benefits

  • 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

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Additional resources

U.S. Department of Energy

- Executive Summary
- Full report 

 White House 

- Fact sheet on Wind Vision

Wind Energy Foundation

- Wind Vision page
- 49 state fact sheets