Distributed wind in the US could profitably provide nearly 1.4TW of generation capacity – enough energy to supply more than half of the country’s present annual electricity consumption, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“With favourable regulatory and policy direction, distributed wind energy could provide even more profitable power generation in the coming decades,” wrote the specialists who authored the Distributed Wind Energy Futures study.

“By tapping into distributed wind’s potential, the technology can supply rural homes, businesses, and communities with local clean energy resources that foster an energy transition and support the nation’s low-carbon emissions goals,” they added.