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Increasing Wind Energy By 2030

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

Energy prices, supply uncertainties, and environmental concerns are driving the United States to rethink its energy mix and develop diverse sources of clean, renewable energy. The nation is working toward generating more energy from domestic resources—energy that can be cost-effective, and replaced or “renewed” without contributing to climate change or major adverse environmental impacts.

This course is based on the document 20% Wind Energy By 2030 – Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply; Publication:  DOE/GO 102008-2567-May 2008.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn about:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for mechanical, civil and energy engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to understand the current state of wind energy technology in the US from both a historic and futuristic perspective as well as the current state of art in this technology.

Course Introduction

The report used in this course examines some of the costs, challenges, and key impacts of generating 20% of the nation’s electricity from wind energy in 2030. Specifically, it investigates requirements and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing, transmission and integration, markets, environment and sitting.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on the 20% Wind Energy By 2030 – Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply; Publication:  DOE/GO 102008-2567-May 2008

Increasing Wind Energy By 2030

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Course Summary

The report used in this course was prepared by the DOE in a joint effort with industry, government, the NREL and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The report considers some associated challenges, estimates the impacts and considers specific needs and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing and employment, transmission and grid integration, markets, siting strategies, and potential environmental effects associated with a 20% Wind Scenario.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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