Examining what state renewable portfolio standards mean for wind power

State renewable portfolio standards have brought a wide-range of benefits.
Examining what state renewable portfolio standards mean for wind power

State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) are proven policies with long track records of success. They’ve helped create thousands of jobs, large consumers savings and much cleaner air. And wind power is one of the main solutions states have deployed to meet their clean energy goals.

Now, a new report (AWEA RPS Market Assessment 2016) examines RPSs to determine near-term demand for wind energy and other renewables created by the standards, accounting for compliance to date.

National Map of RPS Policies

Across the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have RPS policies requiring utilities within the state to supply a targeted portion of their electricity from renewable resources. Wind energy has historically been the renewable technology of choice to meet RPS requirements. Given the success of RPS programs in driving significant wind energy development, this report takes a detailed look at total RPS requirements to assess the incremental RPS demand that wind is eligible to capture, as well as the RPS demand that wind is expected to capture.

In the AWEA State RPS Market Assessment 2016, readers will find:

  • Characteristics of RPS programs in each state
  • Summary of RPS expansions in the past year
  • Map summarizing RPS requirements across the U.S.
  • Projections of cumulative and annual nationwide demand driven by RPS policies
  • Breakdown of regional RPS demand
  • State RPS demand rankings
  • State by state examination of RPS demand and recent RPS compliance, including wind’s share of compliance

Download the full report today!

The AWEA RPS Market Assessment 2016 is a product of AWEA Data Services, and is part of a wider collection of industry market reports including AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Quarterly Market Reports and the AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. These data products are free to AWEA Business Members and available for purchase by non-members.


Celeste Wanner is a Research Analyst on AWEA's Industry Data and Analysis team. In this role, Celeste collects, verifies, and reports industry market data on wind-related manufacturing facilities, M&A activity, utility integrated resource planning, and turbine orders. In addition, Celeste analyzes state RPS requirements and demand for wind energy. Celeste holds dual Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science degrees with concentrations in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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