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A New Vision for United States Wind Power

In this video the Department of Energy reports preliminary findings of the benefits, challenges, and realities that will face wind energy for the next 30+ years in this country. Text version.

Five years after its initial release, wind industry leaders reflect on the impacts of the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030 study. Video from the Wind Energy Foundation. Text version.

Take a fly-by tour with this video animation focused on visualizing the Wind Vision project's main question: What will the future of wind energy in the United States look like? Animated video for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Wind program.

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas kicked off the development process for the program's new wind vision during his speech at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in Chicago in May 2013. Text version.

Department of Energy Wind Vision: An Industry Preview
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The  U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Program, in close cooperation with the wind industry, has launched a new initiative to revisit the findings of the 2008 DOE 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, and to develop a renewed vision for U.S. wind power research, development, and deployment. Included in the Wind Vision effort are:

  • A characterization of industry progress and how recent developments and trends impact the 2008 conclusions
  • A discussion of the costs and benefits to the nation arising from more wind power
  • A roadmap addressing the challenges to achieving high levels of wind within a sustainable national energy mix.

Objectives

In addition to documenting and analyzing the current status of wind technologies and the wind industry, the objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Offer leadership in development of a cohesive long-term vision for the benefit of the broad U.S. wind power community
  • Analyze a range of aggressive but attainable industry growth scenarios
  • Provide the best available information to address stakeholder concerns
  • Deliver objective and relevant information for use by policy and decision makers.

Developing a Vision for the U.S. Wind Industry

A vision for the wind industry is only as powerful as the key partners that are behind it. That is why the Department of Energy's Wind Program is proud to have the involvement of over 150 key wind energy companies and organizations in the development of this vision. These companies include equipment manufacturers; environmental organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; research institutions and laboratories; associations; foundations; and many more. This diverse group is helping to ensure that the wind vision provides a broad view of the industry and its stakeholders.

Wind Vision Task Forces were organized around key topics to ensure the wind vision has not only breadth, but depth in its approach to the future of this vital renewable energy industry. Each Task Force has been led by one of the Wind Program's nine funded national laboratories and has been working to address key industry issues or considerations. Task Forces topic areas include:

  • Wind Plant Technology
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Operations and Maintenance, Project Performance, and Reliability
  • Transmission and Integration
  • Wind Power Project Development - Siting and Permitting
  • Scenario Modeling
  • Market Data and Analysis
  • Offshore Wind
  • Roadmap.

Timeline

The Wind Vision was developed through a collaborative effort led by DOE, with contributions and rigorous peer review from industry, the electric power sector, non-governmental organizations, academia, national labs, and other governmental participants.  In November 2014, DOE released an industry preview brochure that provides preliminary results of technical, economic and institutional actions that can be taken by the wind industry, the research community, and others to optimize wind’s contribution to a cleaner, more reliable, low-carbon, domestic energy generation portfolio, using U.S. manufacturing and a U.S. workforce. 

Below is a list of dates that highlight key points in the Wind Vision development process.
 

May 6, 2013

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas announced the Wind Vision at the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

May 2013

Task Forces were formed and modeling and analysis efforts began.

November 4, 2013

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas announced updates and progress on the vision at AWEA's Fall Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

January 2014

The initial modeling and analysis phases were completed and the results were compiled. These results were then folded into the broader Wind Vision Roadmap and Recommendations.

May 2014

The Department of Energy unveiled the initial results of the Wind Vision at AWEA's 2014 WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 2014— Current

Feedback to the initial draft is being considered and incorporated into the final Wind Vision report.

2015

DOE expects that it will release the final Wind Vision report in early 2015. 

 

For questions regarding DOE's Wind Vision, please contact windvision@ee.doe.gov.