IEA Wind Task 26

Cost of Wind Energy
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About Task 26

Task 26 provides insights on the future costs of wind energy and factors that could drive costs higher or lower over time.  As energy sector planners and grid operators look towards a future that could include much higher penetrations of variable renewable resources, the Task also explores the value components of wind power. Throughout its work, the Task develops and maintains consistent and transparent methodologies and data with the international community. These efforts facilitate ongoing and future comparisons between countries and across energy generation technologies. They also provide a means of grounding and validating work in wind power that occurs throughout the global community.

For decades, cost reduction in wind power generation has led to increasing power sector competitiveness. Over the past decade, these cost reductions have resulted from an array of technological advancements coupled with industry learning and price pressures from competing technologies. With the growing importance of wind energy in many markets, the wind research community must be able to discuss the specific costs of wind systems on the basis of a sound and transparent methodologies.

IEA Wind Task 26 Cost of Wind Energy facilitates these discussions by surveying, applying, and innovating methods for determining the cost and value of wind energy across time and space.

Expected Results

  1. Enhanced international collaboration and coordination in the wind energy cost field
  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.

Participation

Operating Agent

Please contact the Operating Agent below with any questions

Eric Lantz

Task 26 Operating Agent
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    Task 26 Publications

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    Task 26 Roadmap

    2021

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