2015 Cost of Wind Energy Review

Title2015 Cost of Wind Energy Review
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChristopher Moné, M Maureen Hand, Mark Bolinger, Joseph Rand, Donna Heimiller, Jonathan Ho
Date Published03/2017
Other NumbersNREL/TP-6A20-66861

This report uses representative utility-scale projects to estimate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for land-based and offshore wind plants in the United States. Data and results detailed here are derived from 2015 commissioned plants. More specifically, analysis detailed here relies on recent market data and state-of-the-art modeling capabilities to maintain an up-to-date understanding of wind energy cost trends and drivers. It is intended to provide insight into current component-level costs as well as a basis for understanding variability in LCOE across the industry. This publication reflects the fifth installment of this annual report.

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