Unlocking Distributed Wind Energy’s Potential

May 16, 2022

A comprehensive analysis released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that nearly 1,400 gigawatts (GW) of distributed wind capacity could be profitably deployed today across the United States. This amounts to more than half of the nation’s current annual electricity consumption, and is a big increase from the 1.1 GW installed today. The Distributed Wind Energy Futures Study highlights the technical and economic potential for distributed wind energy deployment at all scales—from kilowatts to megawatts—and considers opportunities for distributed wind energy in agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential settings and in disadvantaged communities.