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

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

2000

1999

Wiser, Ryan H, Jeff Fang, Kevin Porter, and Ashley Houston. Green Power Marketing in Retail Competition: An Early Assessment. Berkeley: LBNL, 1999. LBNL-42286.

1998

Wiser, Ryan H, and Steven J Pickle. Selling Green Power in California: Product, Industry, and Market Trends. Berkeley: LBNL, 1998. LBNL-41807.
Sezgen, Osman, Chris Marnay, and Sarah E Bretz. Wind Generation in the Future Competitive California Power Market. Berkeley: LBNL, 1998. LBNL-41134.

1997

Wiser, Ryan H, and Steven J Pickle. Financing Investments in Renewable Energy: The Role of Policy Design and Restructuring. Berkeley: lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1997. LBNL-39826.

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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