Thursday, July 31, 2008

US Dept of Energy Wind Plan

To help meet America's increasing energy needs while protecting our Nation's energy security and environment, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with wind industry partners to develop wind energy technologies.

Wind power is capable of becoming a major contributor to America’s electricity supply over the next three decades, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE has published the report in a book titled "20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply".
"20% Wind Energy by 2030" includes contributions from the U.S. Department of Energy − Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), and Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) − National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) − Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) − Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) - Black & Veatch engineering and consulting firm - American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) − Leading wind manufacturers and suppliers − Developers and electric utilities − and other parties in the wind industry.
The DOE report looks at one scenario for reaching 20% wind energy by 2030 and contrasts it to a scenario of no new U.S. wind power capacity. It identifies the steps that need to be addressed to reach the 20% goal, including reducing the cost of wind technologies, building new transmission infrastructure, and enhancing domestic manufacturing capability.
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