ReportLinker Publishes Wind Energy Outlook for North America

Market Drivers for Onshore and Offshore Wind Power, Regulatory and Policy Issues, Technology Issues, Key Industry Players, and Wind Capacity & Revenue Forecasts. The North American wind energy industry is lagging in key areas compared to Europe and Asia, but many key industry players are optimistic about the North American market as turbine costs continue to drop dramatically. In 2010, a total of 5,784 MW of wind capacity was installed in North America. The region currently accounts for more than 22% of the world’s total installed wind capacity and is home to the second largest wind market – the United States. As a region, North America fell to third place in cumulative installations in 2009 behind Asia Pacific and Europe. Pike Research expects installations in the region to reach 125 GW by 2017, with offshore installations accounting for fewer than 3% of that total. Pike Research anticipates that 2011 will be another difficult year for the industry in North America, however, we do see tentative signs of recovery. Pike Research’s analysis indicates that wind energy installation costs in the United States will total more than $125 billion between 2011 and 2017, capturing 15% of the global market during that period. Canada will reach 15 GW of total wind capacity by 217, with more than 400 MW of that amount derived from offshore installations. In Canada, installation costs will total $19.3 billion between 2011 and 2017. In the midst of this market transition, turbine manufacturer market shares are fluid, as well. In 2010, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel overtook GE Wind Energy to become the second largest wind turbine supplier worldwide, and came in at less than 1% (350 MW) behind industry leader Vestas. This Pike Research report provides an in-depth analysis of North American opportunities in the onshore and offshore wind power markets, as well as an examination of key challenges facing the industry. It examines technology innovations that will influence the future direction of the market, and also features detailed profiles of key industry players, including a competitive regional analysis of the major wind energy markets across their respective technology, policy, and capital environments. Market forecasts extend through 2017 and include projections for installed capacity, installation costs, and offshore production revenue, all segmented by onshore, offshore, region, and country.  Key Questions Addressed: -What is the outlook for onshore and offshore wind installations in North America over the next six years – and what are the key market drivers? -How did the global financial crisis and recession affect the North American wind energy market relative to other regions? -How do the technology, policy, and capital environments compare across North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe? -How will the Chinese turbine manufacturers’ international expansion affect the North American market for wind turbines? -Has wind energy reached grid parity? -How much does it cost to install wind turbines in Canada and the United States? -Who are the leaders in the push to larger wind turbines and where are they being deployed? -What key barriers and opportunities will shape the North American wind energy market? -How much capital will be invested in North American wind installations by 2017? [mappress] Source: reportlinker, October 25, 2011;

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