2016 Wind Technologies Market Report

Brian Smith, Frank Oteri, Ryan Wiser, Mark Bolinger, Galen Barbose, Naim Darghouth, Ben Hoen, Andrew Mills, Joe Rand, Dev Millstein, Kevin Porter, Rebecca Widiss, Nicholas Disanti, Suzanne Tegen

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016. Recent and projected near-term growth is supported by the industry's primary federal incentive - the production tax credit (PTC) - as well as a myriad of state-level policies. Wind additions have also been driven by improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low power sales prices for utility, corporate, and other purchasers. At the same time, the prospects for growth beyond the current PTC cycle remain uncertain, given declining federal tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices, and modest electricity demand growth. This annual report - now in its eleventh year - provides an overview of developments and trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2016.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages94
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-68931

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-5033


  • PCT
  • production tax credit
  • wind capacity
  • wind growth
  • wind industry trends
  • wind installation trends
  • wind performance
  • wind policy drivers
  • wind power


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