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More Wind, Less Warming

America has enough wind energy potential to power the nation more than 10 times over. After more than a decade of rapid growth, wind energy now accounts for 4 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. In More Wind, Less Warming: How American Wind Energy’s Rapid Growth Can Help Solve Global Warming, we show that if America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could eliminate the emissions from the equivalent of 254 of today's coal-fired power plants.

The first two U.S. offshore wind projects are on track for construction in 2015 and areas have been designated for offshore wind development off the U.S. coast capable of producing enough electricity for 6.4 million homes. (12/4/14) Photo of an offshore wind turbine in Norway by NREL/Senu Sirnivas.

Other Recent Highlights

  • Our Star Power report, about the enormous promise of solar energy, was covered on the Washington Post's Wonkblog and in USA Today.
  • The Chicago Tribune cited our Highway Boondoggles report with U.S. PIRG Education Fund in editorializing against the $1.3 billion Illiana Parkway. The report also sparked debate about controversial highway projects in Arizona and Texas.
  • Tony Dutzik posted at Streetsblog about new tools state officials can use to account for changing transportation trends in their planning.