Thursday, July 15, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


United States International Trade Commission (USITC)


No. ID-25


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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