IEA Wind Task 26

Cost of Wind Energy
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About Task 26

Task 26 provides information on cost of wind energy in order to understand past and present trends and to anticipate future trends. By using consistent, transparent methodologies, the Task can understand how wind technology compares to other generation options within the broader electric sector.

For decades, cost reduction in wind power generation has led to competitive levels with conventional technologies. However, thanks to recent developments like reductions in investment cost, increased performance, and a significant market impact on natural gas prices, the cost of wind power has become more competitive relative to other generation options.

As wind becomes an important source of electricity generation in many markets and competes with other technologies in terms of new installed capacity, governments and the wind research community must be able to discuss the specific costs of wind systems on the basis of a sound methodology. IEA Wind Task 26 Cost of Wind Energy facilitates these discussions by surveying methods for determining the value of wind energy and assessing methodologies for projecting future wind technology costs.

Expected Results

  1. Enhanced international collaboration and coordination in the field of cost of wind energy
  2. Updated data, analysis and understanding of on-shore wind energy cost trends and comparison among countries
  3. Identification of the primary offshore wind energy cost drivers and the variation of these costs among participating countries
  4. Collaborative journal articles summarizing and further analyzing work conducted to understand trends in cost of energy
  5. Collaborative journal articles exploring issues related to the value of wind energy.
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Participation

Task 26 Participants

Who can participate in Task 26?

To participate in the research activities of Task 26, researchers must reside in a country that participates in the IEA Wind Agreement AND has agreed by official letter to participate in Task 26. The participating member country of the IEA Wind TCP must designate a lead institution that agrees to the obligations of Task participation (pay the annual fee and agree to perform specified parts of the work plan).

Active researchers (performing part of the work plan) benefit from meetings and professional exchange during the term of the Task. Countries participating in the Task benefit from the information developed by the Task. The value of the research performed is many times the cost of the country participation fee or the labor contributed to carrying out the work plan.

For more information, contact the Operating Agent, Eric Lantz or the IEA Wind Secretariat.

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Operating Agent

Please contact the Operating Agent below with any questions

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Eric Lantz

Task 26 Operating Agent
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    Task 26 Roadmap

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