Wind Hedges Add Security, Introduce Risk

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One quarter of wind projects that came on line in 2007 and then identified to come on-line in 2008 reported no power purchaser. Many of these projects, particularly those being developed in the more vibrant electric power markets, such as those in Texas and New York, relied on financial hedging instruments as a means to guarantee energy pricing for power sales. The use of wind hedges reflects the continued maturing of the U.S. wind energy market, and this article analyzes how these mechanisms work, how they are helpful to some developers but not others, and what other consequences of using a hedge may exist.

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