DOE Releases Wind Market Reports Showing Robust Installations and Record-Low Prices

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August 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, distributed wind, and offshore wind.

  • The utility-scale land-based wind sector had another strong year with 7,588 megawatts (MW) installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. Read an article highlighting trends in the land-based utility-scale wind sector including regional variation in installations, increasing turbine capacities and component size, and decreasing specific power. Learn more in the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report.
  • The U.S. distributed wind sector—which includes power from wind turbines installed near where it will be used—now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. Read an article about who uses distributed wind, and download the 2018 Distributed Wind Market Report.
  • The U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. Read an article highlighting trends in offshore wind including falling auction prices, installations in deeper water, increasing turbine capacities, and a decreasing levelized cost of energy. See the 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report.

Read the DOE press release.

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