Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dale Miller

Second Advisor

Keith Stockton

Third Advisor

Adam Reed

Fourth Advisor

Daniel Kaffine


This study attempts to answer two overarching questions: How has the wind industry evolved in Colorado and Iowa, and is this evolution typical of a large industry? These questions are answered by examining the market concentration of each state, as well as the innovation, past turbine sale, and adoption rates of each manufacturer therein. With conclusive results for all parts except past turbine sales, this study finds that the wind turbine manufacturing industry, at least within these two states, is typical in the metrics used to evaluate its markets, though the dynamics contained have some unique characteristics, such as high innovation by small manufacturers. The process also demonstrates that Colorado is a unique space within the United States due to its market concentration.