RI Deemed A Spot for Utility Scale Wind Harvesting

RI Wind Map courtesy Dept of Energy

RI Wind Map courtesy Dept of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a new wind resource map for the state of Rhode Island . This resource map shows wind speed estimates at 50 meters above the ground and depicts the resource that could be used for utility-scale wind development. Future plans are to provide wind speed estimates at 30 meters, which are useful for identifying small wind turbine opportunities.

As a renewable resource, wind is classified according to wind power classes, which are based on typical wind speeds. These classes range from Class 1 (the lowest) to Class 7 (the highest). In general, at 50 meters, wind power Class 4 or higher can be useful for generating wind power with large turbines. Class 4 and above are considered good resources. Particular locations in the Class 3 areas could have higher wind power class values at 80 meters than shown on the 50 meter map because of possible high wind shear. Given the advances in technology, a number of locations in the Class 3 areas may suitable for utility-scale wind development.

This map indicates that Rhode Island has wind resources consistent with utility-scale production. The good wind resource area is located in extreme southeastern Rhode Island along Block Island Sound. Additional Class 3 areas are found along the coast in southwestern and south-central Rhode Island.

Time to get on board RI, this is our future. We’re talking jobs, industry, income, tax breaks. This state may think the answer is to rely on property taxes and budget cuts until there is nothing left, but it is time to invest. We are surrounded by energy and we choose to watch others capitalize.

posted by KDL | follow me on Twitter :  newscaster

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