NREL Study Shows 20 Percent Wind is Possible by 2024

Analysis Shows Transmission Upgrades, Offshore Wind, and Operational Changes Needed to Incorporate 20 to 30 Percent Wind

January 20, 2010

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study (EWITS).  This unprecedented two-and-a-half year technical study of future high-penetration wind scenarios was designed to analyze the economic, operational, and technical implications of shifting 20 percent or more of the Eastern Interconnection’s electrical load to wind energy by the year 2024.  

Wind Energy Study – Press Release 

Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study: Executive Summary and Project Overview

Eastern Wind Energy Study — Full Report