WASHINGTON (AP) - An Energy Department report concludes that
wind turbines can produce a fifth of the nation's annual
electricity needs within about two decades. That is about the same
share of electricity produced today by nuclear power.
Wind energy today accounts for only about 1 percent of the
nation's electricity. The government report to be released Monday
said by 2030 wind energy could account for 300,000 megawatts of
power, or about 20 percent of the total electricity generated.
The report envisions more than 75,000 new wind turbines, many of
them larger than what is in use today, and expansion of
transmission systems to move power from high-wind areas to other
parts of the country.
Texas is the nation's leader in wind-generated power.
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