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20% Wind Energy by 2030


United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory

United States Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

United States Department of Energy


Steve Lindenberg

Brian Smith

Kathy O’Dell

Ed DeMeo

Bonnie Ram


1 December 2008

This report explores the feasibility of a scenario in which the United States would use wind energy to supply 20 per cent of its electricity demand by 2030 and compares it to a scenario in which no new wind capacity is installed in the nation. The report discusses the needs and impacts in the area of manufacturing, technology and employment, transmission and grid integration, markets, siting strategies, and potential environmental effects associated with the 20 per cent wind scenario.