DOE to Work with Six Leading Manufacturers to Expand U.S. Wind Power
June 2, 2008
DOE will work with six leading wind turbine manufacturers over the next two years with an eye toward achieving 20% wind power in the United States by 2030. DOE announced the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GE Energy, Siemens Power Generation, Vestas Wind Systems, Clipper Turbine Works, Suzlon Energy, and Gamesa Corporation on June 2. Under the MOU, DOE and the six manufacturers will collaborate to gather and exchange information relating to five major areas: research and development related to turbine reliability and operability; siting strategies for wind power facilities; standards development for turbine certification and universal interconnection of wind turbines; manufacturing advances in design, process automation, and fabrication techniques; and workforce development. See the DOE press release, EERE's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, and the recent report "20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply (PDF 3.95 MB). Download Adobe Reader.