In order to understand the potential for creating economic value from alternative energy, there is a need for detailed empirical research on the global structure of those industries. As one step in this direction, we have conducted research aimed at answering the question: Who captures value in the global wind energy industry supply chain? There are a number of potential measures of value that are important to firms, countries, workers, shareholders and others. These include jobs, wages and profits. In this case, we focus on financial value in the form of profits to firms.