NREL Triples Previous Estimates of U.S. Wind Power Potential (Fact Sheet)

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released new estimates of the U.S. potential for wind-generated electricity, using advanced wind mapping and validation techniques to triple previous estimates of the size of the nation's wind resources. The new study, conducted by NREL and AWS TruePower, finds that the contiguous 48 states have the potential to generate up to 37 milliongigawatt-hours annually. In comparison, the total U.S. electricity generation from all sources was roughly 4 million gigawatt-hours in 2009.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 2011

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-51555


    • electricity generation
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    • wind energy potential
    • wind resource
    • wind resource maps


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