80 and 100 Meter Wind Energy Resource Potential for the United States (Poster)

Research output: NRELPoster


Accurate information about the wind potential in each state is required for federal and state policy initiatives that will expand the use of wind energy in the United States. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truewind have collaborated to produce the first comprehensive new state-level assessment of wind resource potential since 1993. The estimates are based onhigh-resolution maps of predicted mean annual wind speeds for the contiguous 48 states developed by AWS Truewind. These maps, at spatial resolution of 200 meters and heights of 60 to 100 meters, were created with a mesoscale-microscale modeling technique and adjusted to reduce errors through a bias-correction procedure involving data from more than 1,000 measurement masts. NREL used the capacityfactor maps to estimate the wind energy potential capacity in megawatts for each state by capacity factor ranges. The purpose of this presentation is to (1) inform state and federal policy makers, regulators, developers, and other stakeholders on the availability of the new wind potential information that may influence development, (2) inform the audience of how the new information was derived,and (3) educate the audience on how the information should be interpreted in developing state and federal policy initiatives.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePresented at the WINDPOWER 2010 Conference & Exhibition, 23-26 May 2010, Dallas, Texas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-550-48036


  • wind energy
  • wind mapping
  • wind maps
  • wind resource
  • wind turbine


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