Wind Plant Preconstruction Energy Estimates: Current Practice and Opportunities

Andrew Clifton, Aaron Smith, Michael Fields

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Understanding the amount of energy that will be harvested by a wind power plant each year and the variability of that energy is essential to assessing and potentially improving the financial viability of that power plant. The preconstruction energy estimate process predicts the amount of energy--with uncertainty estimates--that a wind power plant will deliver to the point of revenue. This report describes the preconstruction energy estimate process from a technical perspective and seeks to provide insight into the financial implications associated with each step.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages72
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-64735


  • energy
  • financial implications
  • net estimate
  • NREL
  • point of revenue
  • preconstruction energy estimate
  • wind power


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