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US to produce 35% of its electricity from wind power by 2050, says DOE

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 March 2015

The United States is expected to produce around 35% of its electricity from wind power by 2050, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE)'s report.

The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, states that wind could become a viable source of renewable electricity in all 50 states by 2050.

Figures released by the energy department highlight that the wind power is expected to displace more than 12.3 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech said: "Every year, wind becomes cost competitive in more states, and this wind vision report shows that all 50 states could have utility-scale energy by 2050.

"The United States is uniquely poised to accelerate development of this important resource and technology, and the report will help us continue to build on the strong progress we've already made."

The wind power is also expected to create over 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance and supporting services.

According to the report, most wind turbine components could be manufactured in the country by 2050.