A newly published report from the US Department of Energy shows that 20% of all US electricity could be powered by wind by 2030. To reach that, the US would have to triple its annual construction of wind power sites.
The current political and environmental pressures are mentioned – “The threat of climate change and the growing attention to it are helping to position wind power as an increasingly attractive option for new power generation. The report does state that there are lots of significant hurdles to achieving this goal, such as nimbyism, lack of a long term tax credit plan (Congress is mulling a one year extension of the renewable energy production tax credit), and problems with electric company restructuring. Other issues mentioned in the report are wind turbine supply issues, and the need for new large capital investments in the country’s transmission facilities.