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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.

Webinar announcement: Explore the LCOE and market value benefits of wind turbines with larger rotors and taller towers

2/11/2020

At 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday, March 4, please join researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for a free, one-hour webinar that will provide a wide-ranging assessment of the costs and benefits of continued wind turbine scaling in the United States.

Articles yield insights into Americans living near wind projects, including their attitudes and levels of annoyance

11/19/2019

Five journal articles analyze data from the comprehensive U.S. wind survey 

New study finds that the expected useful life of wind projects has increased to 30 years

9/24/2019

Wind professionals report that the assumed useful life of wind projects has increased over time, to 30 years in most cases

Longer useful lives can boost expected project profitability, and reduce levelized costs

Wind experts report that average operating expenses for land-based wind projects have declined by ~50% over the last two decades

6/17/2019

Study suggests that future improvements may contribute 10% or more to total cost reductions

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article in the journal Renewable Energy Focus. This work draws on a survey of wind industry professionals to clarify trends in the operational expenditures (OpEx) of U.S. land-based wind power plants.

Register for upcoming webinar on supersized wind turbine blades

Event Date: 4/10/2019 11:00am

Join DNV GL, Wood Mackenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar on supersized wind turbine blades!

Webinar: U.S. Wind Turbine Database Opens Up Access via an API

Event Date: 3/19/2019 10:00am

A new application programming interface (or API) for the database can make connecting to the database faster and more efficient than ever. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB), which launched last April, has just added a new capability, the USWTDB API, which should dramatically improve the efficiency of connecting to the database.

Study Evaluates R&D Pathways for Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

3/7/2019

We are pleased to announce the release of a new study led by DNV GL "R&D Pathways for Supersized Wind Turbine Blades.” The report evaluates key design, manufacturing, and transportation options to advance long, “supersized” blades for cost-competitive land-based wind energy.

Data Visualizations Enable Exploration of Key U.S. Wind Power Trends

9/10/2018

In conjunction with the release of the annual Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Berkeley Lab has produced a series of interactive data visualizations that allow users to explore some of the data from the report.

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