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

1996

Wiser, Ryan H, and Edward P Kahn. Alternative Windpower Ownership Structures: Financing Terms and Project Costs. Berkeley: LBNL, 1996. LBNL-38921.

1995

Kahn, Edward P. Comparison of Financing Costs for Wind Turbine and Fossil Powerplants. Berkeley: LBNL, 1995. LBNL-36122.

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