He also agreed with Yarnold that the industry needs to work more closely with advocacy groups like Audubon and NWF to help establish reliable science around issues of wind power and wildlife protection and habitat conservation.
DOE to update '20% by 2030' goal
The Department of Energy, meanwhile, announced that it would update its 2008 technical report that expressed a goal of achieving a national wind energy portfolio of 20 percent by 2030.
Jose Zayas, program manager of DOE's Wind and Water Power Technologies office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said the department launched a new Web portal yesterday to solicit input on developing a "new wind vision" with specific development targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050.
Among other things, the new document will attempt to answer questions such as, "What does that future look like?" and "How do we account for the changes that have happened over the last several years" in terms of technology improvements, supply-chain efficiencies and greater scaling of wind farms.
"These things were not well-represented in the original report, but they have a significant impact in terms of the future, and we must consider those changes," he said.
Zayas reiterated the Obama administration's "aggressive agenda" to promote renewable energy both as a pathway to a low-carbon economy and as a significant job creator in the decades to come.
"As most of you will attest, wind has done its part," he said.
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