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WIND POWER

Looking forward and back

Wind energy’s contribution to primary energy supply has increased in the past decade, while technology costs have decreased faster than predicted. New work finds that recent expert estimates of wind technology costs by 2050 are around half what they were in 2015, implying a bigger role for wind energy in low-carbon development pathways.

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Verdolini, E. Looking forward and back. Nat Energy 6, 454–455 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00828-3

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