Sensitivity of Wind Technology Utilization to Cost and Market Parameters

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This study explores the sensitivity of future wind energy market penetration to available wind resources, wind system costs, and competing energy system fuel costs for several possible energy market evolution scenarios. The methodology for the modeling is described in general terms. Cost curves for wind technology evolution are presented and used in conjunction with the wind resource estimatesand energy market projections to estimate wind penetration into the market. Results are presented that show the sensitivity of the growth of wind energy use to key cost parameters and to some of the underlying modeling assumptions. In interpreting the results, the authors place particular emphasis on the relative influence of the parameters studied.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1990
EventWindpower '90 - Washington, D.C.
Duration: 25 Sep 199025 Sep 1990


ConferenceWindpower '90
CityWashington, D.C.

Bibliographical note

Work done by Sandia National Laboratories under Report No. SAND90-1351, and Solar Energy Research Institute, presented at Windpower '90, 25 September 1990, Washington, DC

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-257-3986


  • wind costs
  • wind markets
  • wind technology


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