Renewables, Wind

EIA reports huge U.S. wind energy potential

Issue 7 and Volume 99.

EIA reports huge U.S. wind energy potential

The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reports that proximity to transmission lines, a previous obstacle to wind development, should no longer hinder the technology. EIA said there are 240,000 square miles of land in the country with wind development potential that lie within 10 miles of an existing transmission facility. EIA projects that land area could accommodate 734,000 average MW of wind energy capacity. “EIA`s findings are very encouraging at a time when wind energy technology is beginning to break into the utility marketplace,” said Randall Swisher, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) executive director. A summary of the report is available from the AWEA at (202) 383-2500; Fax (202) 383-2505.