News & Events

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.

The Future of Wind Energy, Part 3: Reducing Wind Energy Costs through Increased Turbine Size: Is the Sky the Limit?

11/1/2016

Berkeley Lab study shows significant potential for further turbine scaling

The growing size of wind turbines has helped lower the cost of wind energy to the point that it is economically competitive with fossil-fuel alternatives in some locations. But can turbines continue to scale in the future, or are they running into physical or logistical constraints? Recent research published in the journal Nature Energy suggests that land-based wind...

The Future of Wind Energy, Part 2: Cost Reductions for Offshore Wind: Signs of Progress, Expectations for More

10/1/2016

The barriers to offshore wind are formidable. Yet, after many years of delays and cost increases, there are signs of progress. Offshore wind bids coming out of Europe suggest that steep cost reductions are at hand; the most recent of those bids, for a 350 MW near-shore project off the coast of Denmark, came in at a record-low of just $67 per MWh. These and other developments hold promise for further cost reductions in the years and decades ahead. Research by Berkeley Lab offers insight into possible future...

The Future of Wind Energy, Part 1: Are We Understating the Potential for (and Uncertainty in) Wind Energy Cost Reductions?

10/1/2016

Prices for wind energy have hit rock bottom, thanks to technological advances and learning. Are the opportunities for significant additional cost reductions tapped out, or are much-lower costs still possible?  Recent research by Berkeley Lab suggests that some energy planners, analysts, and policymakers may be underestimating both the potential for and uncertainty in wind energy cost reductions. The consequence may be under-prediction of wind deployment, under-appreciation of the uncertainty in that...

New Berkeley Lab Report Demonstrates an Approach to Measure the Flexibility of Utility Resource Plans When Planning for Increased Renewables

10/1/2015

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Flexibility Inventory for Western Resource Planners.   Deploying more variable generating resources, such as wind and solar, will increase the need for power-system flexibility, but, historically, flexibility has not been systematically evaluated in utility planning studies.   We develop a high-level, year-to-year flexibility inventory that tracks flexibility supply and demand based on utility integrated...

The Washington Post features LBNL's "2014 Wind Technologies Market Report"

8/1/2015

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, released last week, requires the country to use a lot more renewable energy by the year 2030—and a lot less coal. And right on time, two new reports published Monday by the Department of Energy find that one key renewable sector—wind—is booming, a development that can only help matters when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

The Energy Collective: Department of Energy Report Shows How Far U.S. Wind Energy Has Come and the Challenges Ahead

9/1/2014

For U.S. wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times.

New Study Finds that the Price of Wind Energy in the United States is at an All-Time Low

8/1/2014

The Electricity Markets and Policy Group is pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “2013 Wind Technologies Market Report,” which provides a comprehensive overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2013.

California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

4/1/2014

A KQED story on how California trails Texas in wind power quoted EMP’s Ryan Wiser.

Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts

1/1/2014

A 2014 report by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group’s Ben Hoen has been quoted in several recent news articles.

Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry Is Withering

9/1/2012

[New York Times] At its peak in 2008 and 2009, the wind industry employed about 85,000 people. About 10,000 of those jobs have disappeared since, as wind companies have been buffeted by weak demand for electricity, stiff competition from cheap natural gas and cheaper options from Asian competitors. 

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