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DOE and Six Manufacturers of Wind Turbines Step up Collaborative Development

DOE will work with 6 leading wind turbine manufacturers over the next two years with an eye toward achieving 20% wind power in the United States by 2030.

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US Wind Power Projections for 2030

U.S. wind energy has seen a dramatic increase in production in recent years, especially in the U.S., which is the world’s fastest-growing wind energy market, according to the DOE. Wind power capacity in the U.S. capacity grew 46 percent in 2007, and associated projects made up 35 percent of all new electric generating capacity last year.

DOE will work with six leading wind turbine manufacturers over the next two years with an eye toward achieving 20% wind power in the United States by 2030. DOE announced the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GE Energy, Siemens Power Generation, Vestas Wind Systems, Clipper Turbine Works, Suzlon Energy, and Gamesa Corporation on June 2, 2008.

Under the agreement, DOE and the six manufacturers will collaborate to gather and exchange information relating to five major areas:

  • Research and development related to turbine reliability and operability;
  • Siting strategies for wind power facilities;
  • Standards development for turbine certification and universal interconnection of wind turbines;
  • Manufacturing advances in design, process automation, and fabrication techniques;
  • Workforce development

Wind Power Strives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Enhance Energy Security

"To dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance our energy security, clean power generation at the gigawatt-scale will be necessary to expand the domestic wind manufacturing base and streamline the permitting process," said DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner.

This week’s announcement was made after the DOE released a report concluding that it is possible for wind to comprise 20 percent of its energy portfolio by 2030 if the country takes a comprehensive approach, such as tripling turbine manufacturing and addresses transmissions challenges.

DOE's recent report "20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply" (PDF 3.95 MB).

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