Long-term implications of sustained wind power growth in the U.S.

By Paul Dvorak This report from the DOE’s Berkeley Labs examines the potential benefits and secondary impacts of wind generated power providing 35% of electricity by 2050. The abstract and introduction are here. Highlights include:
Scenarios that yield potential greenhouse-gas benefits of $85 billion to $1,230 billion.
Air-pollution-related health benefits are estimated at $52 billion to $272 billion.
Reductions in electric-sector water use, 15% reduction in withdrawals and 23% cut in
Implications for risk of energy supply, local economic development, and land use.
The report abstract
We (report authors) model scenarios of the U.S. electric sector in which wind generation reaches 10% of end-use electricity demand in 2020, 20%

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