A New Vision for U.S. Wind Power

Take a fly-by tour with this video animation focused on visualizing the Wind Vision project's main question: What will the future of wind energy in the United States look like?

Five years after its initial release, wind industry leaders reflect on the impacts of the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030 study. Video from the Wind Energy Foundation. Text version.

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas kicked off the development process for the program's new wind vision during his speech at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in Chicago in May 2013. Text version.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program, in close cooperation with the wind industry, is launching a new initiative to revisit the findings of the 2008 DOE 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, and to develop a renewed vision for U.S. wind power research, development, and deployment. Included in this effort will be:

  • A characterization of industry progress and how recent developments and trends impact the 2008 conclusions
  • A discussion of the costs and benefits to the nation arising from more wind power
  • A roadmap addressing the challenges to achieving high levels of wind within a sustainable national energy mix.


In addition to documenting and analyzing the current status of wind technologies and the wind industry, the objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Provide leadership in development of a cohesive long-term vision for the benefit of the broad U.S. wind power community
  • Analyze a range of aggressive but attainable industry growth scenarios
  • Provide best available information to address stakeholder concerns
  • Provide objective and relevant information for use by policy and decision makers.

Developing a Vision for the U.S. Wind Industry

A vision for the wind industry is only as powerful as the key partners that are behind it. That is why the Department of Energy's Wind Program is proud to have the involvement of over 150 key wind energy companies and organizations in the development of this vision. These companies include equipment manufacturers; environmental organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; research institutions and laboratories; associations; foundations; and many more. This diverse group will help ensure that the wind vision can provide a broad view of the industry and its stakeholders.

Wind Vision Task Forces have been organized around key topics to ensure the wind vision has not only breadth, but depth in its approach to the future of this vital renewable energy industry. Each Task Force is led by a one of the Wind Program's nine funded labs and is working to address key industry issues or considerations. Task Forces topic areas include:

  • Wind Plant Technology
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Operations and Maintenance, Project Performance, and Reliability
  • Transmission and Integration
  • Wind Power Project Development - Siting and Permitting
  • Scenario Modeling
  • Market Data and Analysis
  • Offshore Wind
  • Roadmap.


Developing the Wind Vision is a highly involved process that requires the coordination and input of many wind industry representatives as well as detailed analysis and planning. Below is a list of important past and future dates that highlight key points in the Wind Vision development process.

May 6, 2013

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas announces the Wind Vision at the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

May 2013

Task Forces are formed and modeling and analysis efforts begin.

November 4, 2013

Wind Program Director Jose Zayas announces updates and progress on the vision at the AWEA's Fall Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

January 2014

Initial modeling and analysis phases will end and results will be compiled. These results are then folded into broader the Wind Vision Roadmap and Recommendations.

May 2014

The Department of Energy will unveil initial results and a draft of the Wind Vision at AWEA's 2014 WINDPOWER Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

May — December 2014

Feedback to the initial draft will be considered and incorporated into the final draft of the Wind Vision.