Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced selection of 53 new wind energy projects for up to $8.5 million in total DOE funding. These projects will help begin to address market and deployment challenges identified in DOEs 2008 report: 20% Wind Energy by 2030.Increasing wind energy generation will be a critical factor in achieving the Obama Administrations goals for clean energy, while also supporting new green jobs. Secretary Chu made the announcement by video at the WindPower 2009 Conference in Chicago.
Wind energy is one of our most promising renewable energy sources, said Secretary Chu. Thats why Im pleased to make this announcement today. By continuing to make investments in renewable energy we can cut our dependence on foreign oil and invest in a clean energy agenda that creates jobs and puts money back into the pockets of consumers.
The 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report found that the Nation possesses affordable wind energy resources in excess of those needed to generate 20% of U.S. electricity needs.
The report also identified major challenges including: investment in a national transmission system; larger electric load balance areas and better regional planning; reduction in wind turbine capital costs; improvement of turbine performance; siting and environmental issues; and workforce development.