Wind experts report that average operating expenses for land-based wind projects have declined by ~50% over the last two decades
- Jun 18, 2019 11:43 pm GMT
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A new article in the journal Renewable Energy Focus clarifies trends in the operational expenditures (OpEx) of U.S. land-based wind power plants.
Wind plant OpEx is an important but sometimes overlooked driver of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) trends for land-based wind. In particular, plant OpEx has implications for operating life and overall project viability. This new work—led by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory—draws primarily from a survey of senior members of the U.S. wind industry to describe historical and current trends in land-based wind OpEx and to provide insights into drivers of those trends. It compares the resulting estimates for average OpEx with other OpEx benchmarks and extrapolates the historical data to estimate future land-based wind OpEx, comparing the resulting estimates with other recent assessments.
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