Impacts from Deployment Barriers on the United States Wind Power Industry: Overview & Preliminary Findings (Presentation)

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Regardless of cost and performance some wind projects are unable to proceed to commissioning as a result of deployment barriers. Principal deployment barriers in the industry today include: wildlife, public acceptance, access to transmission, and radar. To date, methods for understanding these non-technical barriers have failed to accurately characterize the costs imposed by deployment barriers and the degree of impact to the industry. Analytical challenges include limited data and modeling capabilities. Changes in policy and regulation, among other factors, also add complexity to analysis of impacts from deployment barriers. This presentation details preliminary results from new NREL analysis focused on ... continued below

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Lantz, E.; Tegen, S.; Hand, M. & Heimiller, D. September 1, 2012.

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Regardless of cost and performance some wind projects are unable to proceed to commissioning as a result of deployment barriers. Principal deployment barriers in the industry today include: wildlife, public acceptance, access to transmission, and radar. To date, methods for understanding these non-technical barriers have failed to accurately characterize the costs imposed by deployment barriers and the degree of impact to the industry. Analytical challenges include limited data and modeling capabilities. Changes in policy and regulation, among other factors, also add complexity to analysis of impacts from deployment barriers. This presentation details preliminary results from new NREL analysis focused on quantifying the impact of deployment barriers on the wind resource of the United States, the installed cost of wind projects, and the total electric power system cost of a 20% wind energy future. In terms of impacts to wind project costs and developable land, preliminary findings suggest that deployment barriers are secondary to market drivers such as demand. Nevertheless, impacts to wind project costs are on the order of $100/kW and a substantial share of the potentially developable windy land in the United States is indeed affected by deployment barriers.

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  • Presented at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind: Task 28 Topical Expert Meeting, 15 June 2012, Biel, Switzerland; Related Information: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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  • Report No.: NREL/PR-6A20-56155
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1051148
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Lantz, E.; Tegen, S.; Hand, M. & Heimiller, D. Impacts from Deployment Barriers on the United States Wind Power Industry: Overview & Preliminary Findings (Presentation), article, September 1, 2012; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc830670/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.