Past and Future Cost of Wind Energy: Preprint

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The future of wind power will depend on the ability of the industry to continue to achieve cost reductions. To better understand the potential for cost reductions, this report provides a review of historical costs, evaluates near-term market trends, and summarizes the range of projected costs. It also notes potential sources of future cost reductions.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 World Renewable Energy Forum - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 13 May 201217 May 2012


Conference2012 World Renewable Energy Forum
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-54526


  • capital costs
  • cost of wind energy
  • future cost trends
  • levelized cost of energy (LCOE)
  • wind power


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