In this report, the U.S. Department of Energy sets forward the goal that the U.S. by 2030 will receive 20% of its power from wind.

Some Highlights.

According to the report, reaching the 20% goal will require boosting wind power from its current generating capacity of 16.8 gigawatts (GW) to 304 GW in 2030, an 18-fold increase.

Notably, the report concludes that 20% wind power can be reliably integrated into the grid at an additional cost of less than 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

However, the report also identifies several challenges that need to be overcome.

Achieving 20% wind power by 2030 will require that the annual installations of wind power increase threefold, from today’s 2,000 annual turbine installations to almost 7,000 per year by 2017.

Also, new transmission lines will need to be installed.

But between now and the time the goal is reached, wind power will have avoided the emission of 7.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide, helping to forestall the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The 304 GW of wind power will also continue avoiding 825 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year thereafter (13.75% of today’s usage).

While helping to address greenhouse gas emissions, the accelerated wind power effort would support roughly 500,000 U.S. jobs and add more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues to the coffers of local communities.

Apparently what has been argued within these pages has now become federal policy. It would behoove any state legislature to get in the way of a federal mandated policy. Bluewater Wind is a step in the right direction. It is the only step Delaware has….Obviously at some point, someone will build wind farms off our coast. Just as if we lived on top of an oil field, someone would drill and pump. The question is whether our fence sitting Senators can guster up the gumption to vote against Delmarva Power.

The writing is on the wall. To not do so would send us into the future, going in the wrong direction, at least according to the U. S. Department of Energy.

I cannot help but put those waffling Senators in the same pathetic position as the judge on Miracle of 34 Street, who is damned if he declares Santa to be insane, or damned if he validates his existence to the ridicule of every adult…………

Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed. ”

All who have seen the movie recognize the wisdom behind that statement. Will our own state legislators be as savvy as one Judge Henry X. Harper when it comes to a decision by the Federal government?

P.S. This report blows a hole out of everyone of Stockbridge’s and McDowell’s arguments over the last year and a half. It also implies that the Federal government, despite his “expertise”, doesn’t pay Speck, or his entangled viewpoints, any mind. Furthermore it gives credence to the open wisdom with which our own state’s Public Service Commission collectively used, when they independently looked at all the facts and came up with the same conclusion as did the U. S. Department of Energy………

20% Wind is in our future.