US Energy Department evaluates potential for wind power in all 50 states

US Energy Department evaluates potential for wind power in all 50 states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) - This is a news release from the US Department of Energy.

In support of the President's all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of

, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in Orlando,

Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

builds upon the recently released

, which quantifies the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a robust wind energy future.

The new report highlights the potential for technical advancements to

, such as the Southeast.  These new regions represent an additional 700,000 square miles—or about one-fifth of the United States—bringing the total area of technical wind potential to 1.8 million square miles.

Technological advancements, such as taller

—currently

by the Energy Department and its private sector partners—can more efficiently capture the stronger and more consistent wind resources typically found at greater heights above ground level, compared with the average 80 meter wind turbine towers installed in 39 states today.

"Wind generation has more than tripled in the United States in just six years, exceeding 4.5 percent of total generation, and we are focused on expanding its clean power potential to every state in the country," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "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."

These advanced wind energy systems will generate more electricity per dollar invested and further drive down the cost of wind energy.  The Energy Department supports

that has already helped the wind industry install nearly 66 gigawatts of wind power capacity—enough to power more than 17 million homes—and has helped decrease the cost of wind energy by more than 90 percent. Continuing this technology development is essential to expanding this clean energy source to every state across the nation.  Increasing the amount of land suited to commercial wind development, wind power can also provide local economic development opportunities, including jobs for installers, engineers and other support personnel, in new communities and whole regions with currently untapped resources.

For more information on the Energy Department's

, or the Wind Program specifically, please visit

. To learn more about the

Wind Vision

report released in March, visit the Energy Department's Wind Vision

, and watch this

to see how wind turbines work.

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