Dr. Jonathan Naughton
College of Engineering & Applied Science
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
The E3 Wind Costing Model is intended to demonstrate the related nature and relative impact of various cost drivers including capital costs, performance, financing, transmission, state and federal taxes, and others on the delivered cost of wind energy. Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc., (E3) populated, and the University of Wyoming updated, the model with the best available data regarding project cost and performance, and with a plausible set of assumptions regarding project finance and power purchase agreement structure. The model was originally requested by the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority to inform policymakers about the various factors influencing the cost of Wyoming wind energy. However, E3 and UW recognize that economics will vary on a project-by-project basis, and that key inputs will change over time. Therefore, we are making the model available so that stakeholders can verify the model's results and substitute their own inputs and see how the model results change.
The model can be downloaded by visiting the University of Wyoming Extension Renewable and Efficient Energy web site.