With no emissions and no fuel costs, wind energy is an attractive source for generating electricity.
The Ports-to-Plains Corridor runs through the best wind in North America, with eight of the top 10 wind power states including number one Texas.
Map: United States Wind Resources (NREL)
National Renewable Energy Lab 30% Gross Capacity Factor at 80m (Excel spreadsheet)10 of the Top 15 states for Wind Capacity (30% Gross Capacity at 80 m)including 8 of the top 10 states
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During an extended period of change and volatility, Lazard has remained focused on the evolution of Alternative Energy and its convergence with the conventional Power & Utility Industry (as well as other industries). In that regard, we have always believed that an essential question is how the current and projected costs of various Alternative Energy generation technologies compare to conventional generation technologies. Reflecting Lazard's approach to long-term thought leadership, commitment to the sectors in which we participate, and focus on intellectual differentiation, we have been publishing this study since 2008, and it is now in its seventh iteration.
The Impact of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) Investment in Transmission Infrastructure and the Potential Effects on Renewable Generation, Electricity Cost Savings, and Economic Development