United States Renewables Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Renewables industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast, BM's Renewables Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Business Environment Rankings and Competitive Landscape.

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United States Renewables Report
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Renewables Headline Forecasts (United States 2015-2021)
Indicator 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f 2021f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: National sources, BMI
Generation, Non-Hydropower Renewables, TWh 310.990 356.260 391.723 422.929 461.242 501.967 528.346
Generation, Non-Hydropower Renewables, % y-o-y 10.649 14.557 9.954 7.966 9.059 8.829 5.255
Capacity, Non-Hydroelectric Renewables, MW 117,273.9 136,671.3 155,421.6 173,833.3 192,902.7 213,362.7 228,203.6
Capacity, Non-Hydroelectric Renewables, % y-o-y 14.9 16.5 13.7 11.8 11.0 10.6 7.0

Already a major renewable powerhouse, the US non-hydroelectric renewables market benefitted from a supportive Obama administration over the past years. With the election of Donald Trump as his successor, the future of several supportive measures, including the Clean Power Plan and the last-year extended tax incentives is uncertain. We maintain our current, largely positive forecast, for the time being but expect downward revisions as a clearer picture of the Trump administration's policy strategy emerges.

Latest Updates and Structural Trends

  • The Republican victory at the November elections has raised severe uncertainties over the future of emission and renewable policy in the US. We see threats to the non-hydroelectric renewables market outlook coming from a potential repeal of federal tax credits and increased import tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

  • We expect wind and solar capacity to grow by 10% and 27% in 2017 respectively, with overall non-hydopower renewables generating a 9.5% share of total electricity generation. Overall, non-hydro renewables capacity is estimated to grow by 13.7% in 2017.

  • We maintain our downbeat outlook for US offshore wind power. Continued high costs, due to limited government support and the lack of a domestic supply chain, will ensure that project developers remain focused on the country's onshore wind segment.

  • Tesla is in the process of acquiring SolarCity and has partnered with Panasonic to further the company ' s vision of creating ' smart homes ' , a trend that is set to revolutionize traditional power markets.

  • The Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Power Plan is only expected in 2017/18, and considering the recent election, we expect the Plan to be repealed.

  • The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in the US has approved electricity utility Georgia Power's integrated resource plan in August 2016, under which the company will add 1,600MW of renewable energy capacity by 2021.

  • In US has and ratified the Paris Agreement that seeks to reduce the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius (down from a previous 2 degrees), and entered into force in November 2016.

  • MidAmerican Energy Company filed a proposal with the Iowa Utilities Board in April 2016 to build an up to 2GW Wind XI power complex in the US state. The company is yet to identify a location for the USD3.6bn scheme.

  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) received a lease request from Trident Winds in March 2016 to develop an up to 800MW floating wind power project off the California coast, US. The proposed project will be built offshore Morro Bay and will be installed with 100 units of up to 8MW floating turbines. BOEM will now issue a Federal Register Notice to find out if any other firms are interested in developing projects in the same area. The agency will then launch a competitive or a non-competitive leasing process for the project, depending on whether any interest is expressed by other firms.

BMI Industry View
Table: Renewables Headline Forecasts (United States 2015-2021)
Industry Forecast
United States Renewables Forecast Scenario
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (United States 2014-2019)
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (United States 2020-2025)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (United States 2014-2019)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (United States 2020-2025)
United States Renewables Projects Database
Table: United States Top Ten Renewable Projects By Capacity (MW)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
United States Renewables Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Sustainable Energy Policy And Infrastructure
Competitive Landscape
Siemens AG
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Methodology And Sources
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Renewables Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Indicators

The United States Renewables Report researched at source contains BMI Research's assessment of the current renewables market in United States. The report also contains historical data together with forecasts to end-2018 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.

Key Benefits

  • 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-2018 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 Rankings

BMI's Renewables Business Environment Rankings provide fully comparable Risk-Reward Rankings aimed at investors in the regional renewables market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of various industry, economic and demographic data point.