Wind energy could meet 35% of US electricity demand
According to the Obama administration, the US could meet 35% of its electricity demand from wind power by 2050. The data has been revealed in a report released on Thursday. The amount of wind power is already increasing in the US; it is accountable for 30% of recently installed electricity-generating capacity from 2009 to 2013.
It has been estimated in the 'Wind Vision' report by the Department of Energy that the country could take further steps by installing around 11 gigawatts of new wind-generating capacity annually.
According to the Energy Department's estimates, this could help produce 400 gigawatts of such capacity installed across the country and this much power is sufficient for 100 million homes. Use of wind power will also help cut emissions responsible for global warming.
And according to estimations, it will also help avoid emission of 12.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas.
According to Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, "We can do this and save you money by doing it. This definitive report provides the wind industry with aggressive targets for the growth of wind energy in America, and we stand ready to meet them".
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