Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool (Website)


Eformative Options, LLC.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
North Carolina Solar Center

This tool is designed to assist state, local, and utility officials in understanding the financial impacts of policy options that help reduce the cost of distributed wind technologies. It is populated with a variety of financial variables, including turbine costs, electricity rates, policies, and financial incentives; economic variables including discount and escalation rates; as well as technical variables that impact electricity production, such as turbine power curves and wind speed. It also allows users to change variables to gauge the impacts various policy combinations could have on the cost of energy, net present value, internal rate of return, and payback of distributed wind projects.