California Offshore Wind Resource Bias Investigation and Correction

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This presentation highlights the findings of an investigation into the causes of high wind speed bias in offshore California's 20-year wind resource dataset, CA20, released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2020. Utilizing observations from floating lidars deployed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), considerable bias in modeled hub-height winds was identified. The study reveals that the choice of planetary boundary layer (PBL) scheme significantly impacts wind speed accuracy, with the less common Yonsei University (YSU) scheme nearly eliminating bias compared to the widely used Mellor-Yamada-Nakanishi-Niino (MYNN) scheme. Furthermore, it shows that one of the key factors contributing to this modeled bias is the fact that MYNN overestimates the frequency of stable atmospheric conditions in offshore California. As a result, an updated dataset, NOW-23, incorporating YSU as the PBL scheme, has been produced.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-88891


  • CA20
  • California
  • high wind speed
  • offshore wind


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