Wind-turbine geeks prepare to be happy.
Wind Power in the US
- Developers installed 7 gigawatts of turbines last year, down from 8.2 gigawatts in 2016, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
- There’s now almost 90 gigawatts of wind power in operation, enough to power about 26 million U.S. homes.
- Wind power generated 6.3 percent of US electricity last year, AWEA.
- Wind installations estimated to reach 8.1 gigawatts this year.
Thanks to a new online database, details on every one of the 57,636 operating turbines in the U.S. are only a mouse-click away.
The project, unveiled Thursday by the US Geological Survey and the US Department of Energy, is “more accurate, and updated more often” than any existing turbine data sets and offers valuable details to government agencies, researchers and anyone else with a keen interest in wind power, according to a statement.
The online database viewer features a map of the US showing how turbines are clustered across the country. You can zoom in to see individual units in exacting detail — project name, capacity, manufacturer and the year it came online. The interactive site also shows rotor diameter and hub height, turbine models and their positions by latitude and longitude.
The project consolidates data that was previously scattered across different datasets and was in some cases unavailable to the public. The departments of Defense and Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are already using the database to assess the impact of wind power on radar. No doubt there are plenty of individuals who will find more ways to take advantage of all this information.