The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that examines the technical feasibility of harnessing wind power to provide up to 20 percent of the nation's electricity needs by the year 2030. The report, 20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030, identifies a number of requirements to achieve this coal, including new transmission infrastructure and strong domestic manufacturing capacity. "In many cases, the most robust sources of renewable resources are located in remote areas, and if we want to be able to deliver these new clean and abundant sources of energy to population centers, we will need additional transmission," says Kevin Kolevar, the DOE's Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. According to the report, there is opportunity for 7.6 cumulative gigatons of carbon dioxide to be avoided by 2030, saving 825 million metric tons every year that that 20 percent goal is met. The DOE says the U.S. wind energy industry invested approximately $9 billion in new generating capacity in 2007, with a 30 percent annual growth rate over the past five years.
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