Thursday, July 15, 2010
[IWS] USITC: IMPACT of WIND ENERGY INSTALLATIONS ON DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING AND TRADE [July 2010]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
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United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
OFFICE OF INDUSTRIES WORKING PAPER
Impact of Wind Energy Installations on Domestic Manufacturing and Trade [July 2010]
by Andrew S. David
[full-text, 32 pages]
This paper analyzes the impact of the increase in wind turbine demand from 2005 to 2009 on U.S.
production and trade. The results of this analysis indicate that wind turbine imports rose
substantially, but not as fast as U.S. production. Rising demand for wind turbines led to both a
significant expansion of domestic production capacity and an increase in imports through 2008.
The financial crisis and recession, however, depressed both domestic production and wind turbine
imports in 2009. Overall, imports peaked as a share of the market in 2006 and U.S. production in
2008 and 2009 was significantly higher than in 2005, indicating a growing role for domestic
producers. The number of foreign and domestic wind turbine original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs) producing nacelles or blades at one or more locations in the United States increased from
one in 2005 to nine by the end of 2009, with six more OEMs planning to begin U.S. production.
Other companies increased investment in U.S. wind turbine blade and tower production. If planned
manufacturing plants come online in the next few years, U.S. capacity will continue to expand.
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