A U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study projects that the eastern US could get 20% of its electricity from wind by 2024:
“Twenty percent wind is an ambitious goal, but this study shows that there are multiple scenarios through which it can be achieved,” said David Corbus, NREL project manager for the study. “Whether we’re talking about using land-based wind in the Midwest, offshore wind in the East or any combination of wind power resources, any plausible scenario requires transmission infrastructure upgrades and we need to start planning for that immediately.”
Do you believe them? I don’t. Look at their title “National Renewable Energy Lab”… would they advocate some other solution? Or are they voting for their team to win?
I don’t trust anything or anybody using “renewable” “green” “sustainable”. That means they already made their mind up.
Can wind help? Sure. But I’m very dubious it will make up 20% of eastern power unless subsidized extensively.
I’d rather have a report from the “Department of More Energy than we could ever Use”.