The Wind Energy Challenge
Poised for Growth
A 2006 NREL Conference Paper claimed:
“The distributed wind industry is poised for rapid market growth in response to continuing energy price hikes and increased demand for on-site power generation… ...the entire DWT wind market is expected to grow from an estimated 410,000 units installed worldwide totaling 8,800 MW in 2005 to about 850,000 units totaling 100,000 MW by 2020.”
The DOE recognizes DWT applications as an integral part of the land-based deployment estimates necessary to increase wind energy’s contribution to U.S. electricity supply. Congress supports the advancement of DWT as it passed momentous investment tax incentives included in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and more recently, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.