New data from the US Department of Energy’s Enphase Energy website shows that the cost of a wind turbine can range from about $8,000 for a 2,000-kilowatt (3,000 horsepower) unit to $70,000 per megawatt hour for an 8,000 watt unit.
In total, the total cost for a 1 megawad generator is more than twice as much as the average utility bill, the DOE said.
“We believe this is a significant step forward in our understanding of how wind and solar power can help meet energy needs for the nation,” said Mark J. Pomerantz, director of the Enphase Program.
The report, published online Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, shows the cost per kilowatt hour of a typical wind turbine for a 4,000W (1,200 kilowatts) turbine, the largest wind generator in the country.
The most expensive turbine is a 2 megawader, which generates about a half-million watts of power per megacontract, the report said.
It is also worth noting that the Enphasources energy data is not directly comparable to the figures provided by utilities to their customers.
The Enphase data, from the DOE’s Renewable Energy Technology Center, is not comparable to other reports of cost per kW hours of renewable energy.
Pomersantz said the EnPhase data is “pretty consistent” with other data, but said it could be adjusted.
“So, we’re definitely going to need to go back and look at that data and see if we can tweak it a bit,” he said.
Enphase’s new data is part of a new effort to make wind energy more affordable.
The DOE and other agencies are conducting studies on renewable energy, including the possibility of a tax credit to help fund projects that produce more power.
The Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Energy Department recently launched a pilot program to help small solar power plants pay for their energy needs.
The Energy Department also is looking at ways to promote wind power, especially with the help of federal funds.
The latest data showed that the average cost per megajoule of a 1,000 kW wind turbine was about $7,500 in 2017.
The price of a 3,000 MW wind turbine is about $10,000, according to the Envers report.
Renewable energy in general has been on the rise in the United States, as solar power and wind power have been surging.
In 2016, the renewable energy industry generated about half of the nation’s energy.
The government has been pushing the industry to diversify its energy mix.
In January, President Donald Trump announced a plan to reduce U.N. carbon emissions by 30% to 50% by 2030.
He also said the U