US could be 20% wind powered by 2024
January 21, 2010
From Energy Efficiency News: An analysis by the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that shifting to 20% wind energy by 2024 is possible. The two-and-a-half year study modelled various scenarios of the effects of future penetration of wind power on the Eastern Interconnect electricity network. The Eastern Interconnect currently supplies just over 70% of the US population with power.
The Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study (EWITS) concludes that transmission upgrades and operational changes could enable a substantial amount of new wind capacity, from either onshore wind farms in the Midwest or potential offshore installations on the East coast. Read more