In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report outlining how “near-future” wind turbine technology can significantly increase the technical potential for wind energy in the United States and expand the area of the country where wind could be economic.
Wind development has hit a plateau as the PTC is set to expire and most of the top-tier locations have been developed. Increasing rotor size and hub heights can dramatically expand the technical wind potential in the United States. The wind industry will need these technological advancements in order to sustain robust long-term growth in the absence of the federal production tax credit and the saturation of traditional wind sites.
Press Release: Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States
Full Report: Enabling Wind Potential Nationwide
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