PNNL Report on Distributed Wind Energy Shows Capacity Increasing
New report outlines trends, market drivers, and performance of the 2013 U.S. distributed wind market
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PNNL’s Alice Orrell, Energy Policy & Economics, authored a report recently released by the DOE on distributed wind, which showed that total U.S. distributed wind capacity can now power about 120,000 American homes. The report also indicated that while new U.S. distributed wind installations declined in 2013, exports of small, U.S.-made wind turbines grew by 70 percent in the same year.
Orrell was one of the primary authors of a second report on the distributed U.S. wind market in 2013. Based on the study, which showed that wind capacity installed in the first two quarters of 2014 will surpass the total capacity added in 2013, Orrell predicts that distributed wind power in 2014 is on track to exceed 2013.