Full Title: 20% Wind by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply
Publisher(s): USDOE EREE
Publication Date: 7/2008
Length: 248 pages, PDF
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This report examines some of the costs, challenges, and key impacts of generating 20% of the nation’s electricity from wind energy in 2030. Specifically, it investigates requirements and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing, transmission and integration, markets, environment, and siting.
The modeling done for this report estimates that wind power installations with
capacities of more than 300 gigawatts (GW) would be needed for the 20% Wind
This report does not compare the Wind Scenario to other energy portfolio options, nor does it outline an action plan.
This technical report examines one potential scenario in which wind power serves as a significant element in the portfolio. However, the 20% Wind Scenario is not a prediction of the future. Instead, it paints a picture of what a particular 20% Wind Scenario could mean for the nation.