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Midcentury target: one-third of power from wind

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) draft Wind Vision Study projects that more than one-third of the country’s power supply could come from wind by mid-century.

This is a revision of previous estimates.  In 2008, the U.S. had 25 gigawatts of installed generation in 29 states, at an installation price of .07 cents per kilowatt-hour.  The DOE’s projection at that time was 48 gigawatts in 35 states at a price of .066 cents per kWh by 2013.  In reality, last year saw 61 gigawatts of installed capacity in 39 states at .045 cents per kWh.

The new projections envision wind accounting for 20 percent of the nation’s electricity supply by 2030 and more than 33 percent by 2050.  What does this translate into in relation to the numbers in the paragraph above?

The final Wind Vision Study is scheduled for release next year.

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