Midwest must almost double wind power production to meet 2025 goal
From an article by Judy Newman in the Wisconsin State Journal:
Wisconsin and four other Upper Midwest states will need 15,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2025 — or about 8,600 megawatts more than already available — to fulfill their renewable energy goals, a study says.
In addition, it will cost an estimated $3 billion to build the transmission lines that will hook the wind power into the electric transmission grid.
The 15-page report, issued Thursday by a committee representing Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and North and South Dakota, identifies 20 renewable energy zones within the five states, windy enough to serve as a power resource. It also suggests six transmission corridors “that would efficiently move energy from these wind zones to customers, and serve as a backbone for a variety of future development needs in the region, and potentially further east.