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Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

The cover of the 2015 report Enabling Wind Power Nationwide with a wind turbine on the right side, surrounded by trees.

This report shows how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. It highlights wind energy’s potential to generate electricity even in states with no utility-scale wind energy development today.

Through technological advancements, coupled with continued improvements in siting practices and considerations, technologies focused on taller wind turbine towers and larger rotors—currently under development by the Energy Department and its partnering national labs, universities, and private-sector companies—America can more efficiently capture the stronger and more consistent wind resources typically found at greater heights above ground level.