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Analysis, Modeling, Cost of Energy, and Policy Impact: Wind Vision 2014

The “20% Wind Energy by 2030” report has served as an important document for the research wind-energy community, industry, and for public policy since its 2008 publication. However, much has changed in the wind industry, as well as energy sector in general since then, and a fresh look at the subject is warranted.

This report was prepared by DOE in a joint effort with industry, government, and the nation’s national laboratories. The report considers some associated challenges, estimates the impacts, and discusses specific needs and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing and employment, transmission and grid integration, markets, siting strategies, and potential environmental effects associated with a scenario in which the nation generates 20% of its total energy from wind.

This report was prepared by DOE in a joint effort with industry, government, and the nation’s national laboratories. The report considers some associated challenges, estimates the impacts, and discusses specific needs and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing and employment, transmission and grid integration, markets, siting strategies, and potential environmental effects associated with a scenario in which the nation generates 20% of its total energy from wind.

Sandia National Laboratories will partner with several other national laboratories, academic faculty, and industry members from around the world to produce a new report that will outline

  • recent changes in the industry,
  • the impact that wind energy installation will have on the nation, and
  • a path forward to achieve much higher installation of wind plants over the coming decades.

Sandia will lead the “Operations and Maintenance, Performance, and Reliability,” and the “Manufacturing and Logistics” task forces. Additionally, Sandia staff will provide expertise in the areas of wind rotor technology, offshore wind, and integration into the electrical infrastructure—drawing upon several years of related research work.

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

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