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Wind Maps

NREL, AWS TruePower, U.S. Department of Energy

This visualization is a utility-scale, land-based, 80-meter wind map. It states, utilities, and wind energy developers use to locate and quantify the wind resource, identifying potentially windy sites within a fairly large region and determining a potential site's economic and technical viability.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Maps could be printed out and students could work in groups assigned to compare different states' wind capacity.

About the Science

  • Areas with annual average wind speeds around 6.5 meters/second and greater, at an 80-m height, are generally considered to have a wind resource suitable for wind development. Using this and related state maps, students can determine where in the U.S. wind energy is a viable resource for electricity generation.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The link provides access to wind resource maps for the continental US and some information on how they were created.

About the Pedagogy

  • Both the U.S. map and individual state maps can be printed.
  • Can be used to discuss electricity transmission.
  • Students can see how the U.S. stacks up in utilizing wind resources.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Very easy to access maps and supporting materials in a variety of ways.

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