Current State of Wind Energy and Wind Energy Technology Explored in Trio of New Reports

Sep 11, 2019

by ASME.org

The Department of Energy recently released a set of three reports that provide a deep dive into the trends in wind energy, including installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance for a period concluding at the end of 2018. The reports looked at each of these factors across three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

“Onshore wind energy installation continues to grow across the country, and this Administration has proven that we can pursue renewable energy advancements and deployment, particularly wind energy resources, which are predicted to surpass other sources of renewable power generation this year,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “And with over 25 gigawatts in the development pipeline, U.S. offshore wind is poised to be a significant part of our comprehensive energy portfolio in the coming years.”

The first report, the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory examined the installation and technological aspects of wind energy. Among the report’s findings, it noted that wind energy currently provide 6.5% of the nation’s electricity, more than 10% of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30% in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

The second report, the 2018 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory examined the use of wind and wind energy. This report found that distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

The third report, the 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s national Renewable Energy Laboratory provides a deep dive into the current state of offshore wind development. Findings from this report note that the majority of offshore wind development projects are currently located on the Eastern seaboard, but both California and Hawaii also have several early-stage projects in the pipeline.

For further information and to view all three reports, visit: https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/2018-wind-market-reports