2016 Cost of Wind Energy Review

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report uses representative utility-scale projects to estimate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for land-based and offshore wind power plants in the United States. Data and results detailed here are derived from 2016 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. This report is intended to provide insight into current component-level costs as well as a basis for understanding variability in LCOE across the country. This publication represents the sixth installment of this annual report.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages54
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-70363


  • 2016
  • LCOE
  • levelized cost of energy
  • United States
  • wind energy
  • wind power


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