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Benchmarking Anticipated Wind Project Lifetimes

Last update on Nov. 5, 2019.

Benchmarking Anticipated Wind Project Lifetimes

This report draws on a survey of wind industry professionals to clarify trends in the expected useful life of land-based wind power plants in the United States. Researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that most wind project developers, sponsors, and long-term owners have increased project-life assumptions over time, from a typical term of ~20 years in the early 2000s to ~25 years by the mid-2010s and ~30 years more recently. Current assumptions range from 25 to 40 years, with an average of 29.6 years.

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2018 Distributed Wind Market Report

Last update on Nov. 5, 2019.

This report from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (an office of the US Dept of Energy) provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market, along with insight into its trends and characteristics. The report analyzes distributed wind projects of all sizes and details the U.S. small wind market.

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