The top 4 trends in the U.S. wind market

By Michelle Froese Wind-power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017 due to the production tax credit, various state-level policies, and improvements in the cost and performance of wind-power technologies, yielding low-priced wind energy for utility, corporate, and other power purchasers.
Here are the top four wind market industry trends of 2017, according to the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
1. Improved wind-turbine performance
The average capacity factor, which is a measure of how close a plant is operating to its maximum output, among projects built from 2014 to 2016 was 42%, compared to an

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