Cost, Benefit and Market Analysis

Renewable power generation is growing rapidly, but each technology exhibits unique cost and performance profiles, and provides different benefits. The EMP Group:

  • Analyzes current and future markets for, and the economics of, renewable energy, especially wind and solar, including technology developments, cost, performance, and comparative economics
  • Synthesizes foundational data, and produces annual “state-of-the-market” reports and data products for wind power (Wind Technologies Market Report), utility-scale solar (Utility-Scale Solar), and distributed photovoltaics (Tracking the Sun
  • Analyzes income and other demographic trends among solar adopters, including low-to-moderate income households
  • Collaborates with the U.S. Geological Survey and the American Wind Energy Association to produce the U.S. Wind Turbine Database
  • Analyzes the impact of financing structures on the economics of renewable energy projects
  • Evaluates the role of renewable energy in alleviating or exacerbating environmental impacts
  • Partners with several universities to support student-led research projects on solar markets
  • Provides technical assistance to diverse stakeholders on costs, benefits and markets

2008

2007

Harper, John, Matthew D Karcher, and Mark Bolinger. Wind Project Financing Structures: A Review & Comparative Analysis. Berkeley: LBNL, 2007. LBNL-63434.

2006

Bolinger, Mark. "Hedging Future Gas Price Risk with Wind Power." UWIG Annual Meeting Arlington, Virginia April 6, 2006 2006.

2005

Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. Balancing Cost and Risk: The Treatment of Renewable Energy in Western Utility Resource Plans. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-58450.

2004

Wiser, Ryan H. "Managing Natural Gas Price Volatility and Escalation: The Value of Renewable Energy." NEMS/AEO 2004 Conference Washington, D.C. March 23, 2004. Washington, D.C. : LBNL, 2004.
Bolinger, Mark. "Renewable Energy: Vanquisher or Hapless Victim of High Natural Gas Prices?." NARUC 2004 Winter Committee Meetings 2004.

2003

2002

Bolinger, Mark. "Use of Low-Interest, Subordinated Debt to Finance a Wind Project in Pennsylvania." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 6.

2001

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