News & Events

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.

Annual DOE Report Finds that Wind Energy Is Being Sold at Record-Low Prices

8/23/2018

New wind energy report finds better performance, lower costs, and wind energy prices at ~ 2¢/kWh.

Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

4/19/2018

New tool from Berkeley Lab and partners will enable crucial assessments by Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and greater access for wind energy researchers

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, is pleased to announce the release of the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to conduct research and make planning decisions.

New study finds that the market value of offshore wind varies significantly along the U.S. east coast

4/16/2018

A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that the ‘market value’ of offshore wind—considering energy, capacity, and renewable energy certificates (RECs)—varies significantly along the U.S. east coast, and generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.

A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

1/24/2018

A Large Majority of Wind Power Project Neighbors Have Positive Attitudes Toward Their Local Turbines, Berkeley Lab Study Finds

Study is the first nationally representative survey of residents within close proximity to turbines

IEA Wind Collaborative Releases Cross-Country Wind Energy Data Viewer, and Assesses the Market Value of Larger Wind Turbines

12/6/2017

A working group of IEA Wind has developed an online tool to visualize and download data related to wind project statistics for the participating countries, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United States, as well as some aggregated data for the 28 European Union countries. LBNL, as a member of the multi-country IEA Wind working group, contributed the U.S. data to the tool.

New journal article in Nature Energy estimates $88 billion in historical health and environmental benefits of wind and solar energy

8/14/2017

We are pleased to announce a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy, focused on the benefits of wind and solar energy in reducing air pollution emissions.

Annual DOE Report Finds that Wind Energy Is Being Sold at Record-Low Prices

8/8/2017

We are pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s "2016 Wind Technologies Market Report," which provides an annual overview of trends in the U.S.

Berkeley Lab report examines factors influencing community acceptance of wind energy

6/28/2017

A new Berkeley Lab report examines factors influencing community acceptance of wind energy, providing a synthesis of 30 years of research from North American wind projects.

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