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20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply

This page contains information about the 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, which was published in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including an overview, the reports, and related workshops.  

Over the past two years, an elite team of researchers, academics, scientists, engineers, and wind industry experts revisited the findings of the 20% Wind by 2030 report and built upon its findings to conceptualize a new vision for wind energy through 2050. Taking into account all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, distributed), the new Wind Vision Report  defines the societal, environmental, and economic benefits of wind power in a scenario with wind energy supplying 10% of the country’s electricity in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.

Overview

Cover of the report, '20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply.' Shows a close-up of a wind turbine spinning in the wind, in a wide, open field.  Other turbines can be seen in the distance.

In 2008, the Energy Department published a report that examines the technical feasibility of using wind energy to generate 20% of the nation's electricity demand by 2030. The report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply, includes contributions from DOE and its national laboratories, the wind industry, electric utilities, and other groups. The report examines the costs, major impacts, and challenges associated with producing 20% wind energy or 300 GW of wind generating capacity by 2030.

The report's conclusions include:

  1. Reaching 20% wind energy will require enhanced transmission infrastructure, streamlined siting and permitting regimes, improved reliability and operability of wind systems, and increased U.S. wind manufacturing capacity.

  2. Achieving 20% wind energy will require the number of turbine installations to increase from approximately 2000 per year in 2006 to almost 7000 per year in 2017.

  3. Integrating 20% wind energy into the grid can be done reliably for less than 0.5 cents per kWh.

  4. Achieving 20% wind energy is not limited by the availability of raw materials.

  5. Addressing transmission challenges such as siting and cost allocation of new transmission lines to access the Nation's best wind resources will be required to achieve 20% wind energy.

Read the complete report, "20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply".

Reports

Here you can find the "20% Wind Energy by 2030" report and its supporting documents.

Chapter Summary Presentations

These presentations summarize the main chapters in the "20% Wind Energy by 2030" report.

Workshops

These workshops support the vision put forth in the "20% Wind Energy by 2030" report.

  • On October 6-7, 2008, the program hosted a workshop focused on achieving 20% of the nation's electricity from wind by 2030. Held in Arlington, Virginia, the workshop brought together participants from industry, government, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholder groups to discuss possible solutions and actions for boosting U.S. wind power generation to 300 GW. Read the October 6-7 workshop proceedings.
  • On August 27-28, 2008, the program hosted a workshop in Washington, D.C., that focused on the manufacturing base needed to achieve 20% wind energy by 2030. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss possible strategies and actions for the U.S. wind manufacturing sector which would enable the wind industry to reach 300 GW of installed capacity by 2030. Read the August 27-28 workshop proceedings.

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