Prices for wind energy have hit rock bottom as the market has expanded, driven by technology innovation, industry maturation, and macroeconomic factors.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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
Five journal articles analyze data from the comprehensive U.S. wind survey
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
International Perspectives on Social Acceptance of Offshore Wind Energy: An Online Roundtable Hosted by the International Energy Agency
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 11:00 EDT [US Eastern]; 8:00 PDT [US Pacific]; 15:00 GMT
Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/divhvokk7d32&eom
Wind experts report that average operating expenses for land-based wind projects have declined by ~50% over the last two decades
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.
Join DNV GL, Wood Mackenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar on supersized wind turbine blades!
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.
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.
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.