New Giant Wind Turbines Will Unlock Wind Resources Across The U.S.

Posted by Mike Confino, May 20, 2015

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Since 1980, wind energy costs have fallen by more than a factor of 20 in some regions of the country — going from more than 55 cents per kilowatt-hour to less than 2.5 cents/kWh.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how advances in wind power technology and deployment will continue to make wind power cheaper and more accessible — and will make it possible to achieve at utility-scale levels in all 50 states by 2030.

The report, “Enabling Wind Power Nationwide,” shows how taller turbines that reach stronger winds high above the ground will be able to unlock previously untapped resources, primarily in the Southeastern U.S., where wind speeds tend to be lower. Announcing the report on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that “by producing the next generation of larger and more efficient wind turbines, we can create thousands of new jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as we fully unlock wind power as a critical national resource.”

 

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/20/3660677/bigger-taller-wind-turbines-will-unlock-wind-power-across-united-states/