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Berkeley Lab releases Top 10 Research Findings on the Growth of Hybrid Power Plants in United States

4/21/2022

One of the most important electric power system trends of the 2010s was the rapid deployment of wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays, but early data suggests a twist for the 2020s may be the rapid deployment of ‘hybrid’ generation resources.

New Berkeley Lab study explores possibilities for more fair and transparent wind energy planning processes

3/22/2022

Information access, public participation, and fair decision-making are key to wind energy’s “procedural justice”

Expanding wind energy deployment to meet climate and policy goals requires willing communities to host wind projects.

Building Renewable-Dominant Power in China

3/4/2022

A modernized power grid fueled by renewable energy is at the heart of China’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, and a new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) outlines how China can overcome the current logistical challenges of decarbonizing its power system by reforming some key select operational practices.

Although Wind Farm Neighbors Notice Turbine Shadow Flicker, Few Are Annoyed By It

3/3/2022

New Berkeley Lab study provides insights into wind turbine shadow flicker perception and annoyance

The moving shadows caused by wind turbines, referred to as “shadow flicker” (SF) (see figure 1), are known to generate annoyance in some people. However, the relationship between the amount of SF exposure and the annoyance it causes is poorly understood. A better understanding of the magnitude, drivers, and potential mitigation strategies of SF annoyance is needed to better understand this concern and be able to properly regulate it, if desired.

What can surface wind speed trends tell us about wind generation?

2/16/2022

The capacity factor of wind plants in the United States has improved significantly in recent years, with newer plants exhibiting higher capacity factors than older plants. Some researchers have attributed this increase to technology improvements that boost energy capture per unit capacity, while others have instead argued that the role of technology may be overstated, and that a substantial portion of the gains in wind plant output are instead due to a global trend of increasing wind speeds.

Helping Puerto Rico Achieve 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

2/15/2022

Berkeley Lab joins in broad federal effort to develop pathways for island’s clean energy future

Researchers at the Lab are working with five other DOE national labs to develop a roadmap for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to meet its 100% renewable energy mandate.

New Report Shows Technology Advancement and Value of Wind Energy

8/20/2021

Berkeley Lab research finds that societal value of wind is far in excess of costs

The Declining Cost of Wind and Solar Power Is In a Race With Declining Market Value: Which Will Win?

6/21/2021

In regions where wind and solar make up a large share of power generation, sunny and windy days lead to a glut of electricity supply, driving down hourly power prices – especially for that same wind and solar generation.

While lower prices are good for consumers, this decline in market value is not as good for producers. It could potentially limit wind and solar deployment and thus endanger decarbonization goals.

Where should batteries be put to manage wind and solar power?

5/18/2021

Batteries are becoming an increasingly common part of new power generation projects, especially for solar and wind farms. Solar projects use batteries to shift generation from the day to the evening, to capture higher power prices as the sun goes down. Wind projects can use batteries to smooth power output and avoid congestion.

Are We Underestimating the Potential for Wind Energy Cost Reductions…and also the Uncertainty?

5/5/2021

Prices for wind energy have hit rock bottom as the market has expanded, driven by technology innovation, industry maturation, and macroeconomic factors.

Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly

4/15/2021

Berkeley Lab-led study shows expected cost declines of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050 

Wind Energy Development Delivers Significant Revenue To Local School Coffers, Driving Capital Spending, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

3/18/2021

Student-Teacher ratios, an important student outcome, show small to non-existent increases, though, with also no apparent change in test scores

Berkeley Lab webinar: Comparative trends in utility-scale wind and solar markets in the United States

12/1/2020

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8, at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern time for a free webinar presenting highlights from Berkeley Lab’s 2020 utility-scale wind and solar data updates.

New data compilation illustrates the maturity and declining cost of wind energy

8/25/2020

We are pleased to announce the release of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Wind Energy Technology Data Update: 2020 Edition. The release provides an updated overview of data and trends in land-based wind energy in the U.S., in the form of a briefing slide deck, a data file, and a series of data visualizations.

Study Explores Trends in the Cost of Wind Energy across Six Countries

8/3/2020

Shows that historical drivers of levelized costs are multifaceted, go well beyond capital costs

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article in the journal Applied Energy focused on historical trends in the cost and value of land-based wind energy.

Interest in Hybrid and Co-Located Power Plants Continues to Grow

7/20/2020

New data compilation from Berkeley Lab tracks existing and proposed projects

As battery prices fall and wind and solar generation rises, power plant developers are increasingly combining wind and solar projects with on-site batteries, creating “hybrid” power plants. But hybrid or co-located plants have been part of the U.S. electricity mix for decades, with widely ranging configurations that extend beyond pairing a generator with a battery.

New study explores the hidden value of large-rotor, tall-tower wind turbines

7/6/2020

Supersized wind turbines could deliver $4-5/MWh more in grid benefits than today’s turbine technology, in addition to any direct-cost advantages

Study supports need to expand the design space to focus not only on direct-cost minimization, but also on the underlying value of wind to the electricity system

Attend four AWEA expert sessions featuring Berkeley Lab's wind energy research

5/19/2020

Although AWEA CLEANPOWER has been cancelled this year, much of the education content will be presented via webinars. Four Berkeley Lab Electricity Markets & Policy experts will be presenting sessions on topics spanning the wind industry in the coming weeks.

New Research Evaluates How US Wind Plant Performance Changes with Age

5/14/2020

Wind plant performance declines due to plant age in the United States can be partially managed and is influenced by policy, according to a recent study from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Latest Grid Data Book Reveals Key Trends in Renewable Integration

3/2/2020

Biennial Data Compilation Identifies Changes in Markets and Power System Operations as Renewables Are Integrated onto the Grid

The share of variable renewable energy (VRE)—mainly solar and wind—generation on U.S. regional power systems more than doubled on average from 2012 to 2018, according to the newly released 2018 Renewable Energy Grid Integration Data Book.

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