Increased wind power capacity, additional domestic wind turbine manufacturing, and declining offshore wind development costs supported the growth and expansion of the U.S. wind power market in 2016, as detailed in three market reports released by the Energy Department:
Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016, driven by improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low power sales prices for utility, corporate, and other purchasers. Download the report here.
Wind turbines in distributed applications are found in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam to provide energy locally, either serving on-site electricity needs or a local grid. In 2016, the United States added 45.4 megawatts (MW) of new distributed wind capacity, representing 2,585 turbine units and $163 million in investment.
The DOE's annual Distributed Wind Market Report provides stakeholders with market statistics and analysis and insight into industry trends and characteristics. Download the report here.
The 2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report provides offshore wind policymakers, regulators, developers, researchers, engineers, financiers, and supply chain participants with quantitative information about the offshore wind market in the United States and worldwide. Download the report here.