Full Title: 2009 Wind Technologies Market Report
Author(s): R. Wiser, M. Bolinger, et al.
Publisher(s): USDOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Publication Date: 8/2010
Length: 88 pages, PDF
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This report – the fourth in an ongoing annual series – attempts to meet this need by providing a detailed overview of developments and trends in the United States wind power market, with a particular focus on 2009.
As with previous editions, this report begins with an overview of key installation-related trends: trends in wind power capacity growth, how that growth compares to other countries and generation sources, the amount and percentage of wind energy in individual states and serving specific utilities, and the quantity of proposed wind power capacity in various interconnection queues in the United States. Next, the report covers an array of wind power industry trends, including developments in turbine manufacturer market share, manufacturing and supply-chain investments, wind turbine and wind power project size, project financing developments, and trends among wind power developers, project owners, and power purchasers. The report then turns to a discussion of wind project price, cost, and performance trends. In so doing, it reviews the prices paid for wind power in the United States, and how those prices compare to short-term wholesale electricity prices. It also describes trends in installed wind power project costs, wind turbine transaction prices, project performance, and operations and maintenance expenses. Next, the report examines other policy and market factors impacting the domestic wind power market, including federal and state policy drivers, transmission issues, and grid integration. Finally, the report concludes with a preview of possible near-term market developments.