BMI View: In our previous analysis of the US renewables industry we tended to focus on the wind sector, given the vast size of the market, the precarious nature of the subsidy scheme for wind projects and the high levels of debate surrounding the offshore market. However, the US solar market should not be overlooked, as we are seeing significant growth in the sector, supported by a strong pipeline of large-scale commercial projects, technology advances which are improving the viability of projects and increased numbers of high profile corporations making plays within the solar market. Overall, we sentiment towards the US renewables market has improved markedly over 2013, as the US government appears to have strengthened its commitment to its green energy policy.
The sheer size of the US' renewables industry is undeniable, in terms of installed capacity and generation. A high level of investment, encouraged by government subsidies and state level renewable energy targets, has enabled the sector to expand rapidly over the past decade, driving the country to become a global renewables powerhouse.
Developments in the US renewables industry include:
In February 2014, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cleared the proposed 550MW of solar parks to be built on federal land by local renewable energy company First Solar near the Nevada-California border. A 300MW Stateline PV park in California's San Bernardino County is among the schemes approved by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell. A total of 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects totalling 14,000MW have been approved by the US Department of Interior since 2009.
Duke Energy issued a request for proposals for 300MW solar projects in North Carolina in February 2014. The solar projects are scheduled to start power generation by end 2015. Each project will have a minimum capacity of 5MW. Interested bidders can provide power and associated renewable energy certificates or deliver a turnkey solution, in...
The United States Renewables Report researched at source contains Business Monitor International (BMI)'s assessment of the current renewables market in United States. The report also contains historical data together with forecasts to end-2017 covering electricity generation (TWh) and electricity capacity (MW).
The renewables sectors covered in the report include Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Tidal and Wave, and Biomass (See Table of Contents for exact coverage). The report also features details on government green energy agendas and funding opportunities, as well as presenting a detailed list of key renewables projects currently being planned or undertaken in United States, their capacity, the timeframe of construction and their current status.
The report discusses the various energy policies currently in force, including targets, subsidies and the relevant infrastructure developments or limitations which might impact on renewables growth, analysing the potential effects of regulatory changes in conjunction with the background macroeconomic outlook. Finally, there is a general overview of the competitive landscape in United States, together with a detailed summary of the main utilities and manufacturers present and their business operations.
BMI's United States Renewables Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with unique independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the United States renewables industry.
- Benchmark BMI's independent renewables industry forecasts for United States to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and planning in the renewables market.
- Target business opportunities and risks in the United States renewables sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in the country.
BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering the renewables market in United States, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the renewables sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series (2010-2012) and forecasts to end-2017 for electricity generation (TWh) and electricity generating capacity (MW) for each individual renewables sector present in the country.
These in turn are broken down into:
Electricity Generation: Overall capacity (TWh), growth % change year-on-year, KWh per capita, % of Total Non-Hydropower renewables generation, % of total electricity generation.
Electricity Capacity: Overall capacity (MW), growth % change year-on-year, % of non-hydroelectric renewables capacity and % of total capacity.
These forecasts are in turn supported by explicit assumptions, in conjunction with analysis of the key risks to the main forecast.
Business Environment Ratings
BMI's Renewables Business Environment Ratings provide fully comparable Risk-Reward Ratings aimed at investors in the regional renewables market.
The ratings methodology makes sophisticated use of various industry, economic and demographic data point.