Wind energy currently represents just 9 percent of the renewable energy used in the United States. Wind is abundant, and operating wind turbines does not produce greenhouse gases. Although tall, wind turbines have a small footprint, which makes them appealing in agricultural areas because energy can be produced without giving up huge amounts of precious farmland.
Wind turbines are also available in a range of sizes and so can be used by a wide variety of populations: industries, rural communities and developing countries can all use wind to meet some or all of their energy needs, even if they are off the grid. And, if developed on a large scale, the wind industry could produce up to 115,000 jobs, up from the industry's current total of 85,000.
The United States Department of Energy, with its goal of obtaining 20% of the nation's energy from wind by 2030, also sees wind's potential as a sustainable, large scale renewable energy source. But despite these advantages and acknowledged importance of wind in the U.S. energy portfolio, the challenge remains: How can wind play a larger role in the United States' energy portfolio?
Read on to find out what IREE is doing to address this challenge!