US Department of Energy projects that wind could make up 20% of US energy production by 2030

February 11, 2015

"When restrictions due to competing uses and environmentally sensitive areas are taken into consideration, offshore wind could still supply the nation with 2,400 GW of capacity – more than double the combined generating capacity of all U.S. electric power plants. For the nearer term, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 2008 report 20% Wind Energy by 2030 envisioned that, under a scenario in which wind energy would supply 20% of all U.S. electricity, offshore wind could provide 54 GW of generating capacity and 4% of the nation’s total electricity."

 

US Department of Energy, "Wind and Water Program," Factsheet DOE/GO-102011-3143, April 2012. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/49222.pdf [verified 4/15/14]

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