New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that Kentucky has higher industrial scale wind potential than previously thought. Because wind turbines are much larger than they used to be, the newer assessment estimates our power potential at 80 and 100 meter turbine heights.
Every state that borders Kentucky operates utility-scale wind farms. Last year, Indiana's renewable energy production increased by over 400%, primarily from adding wind energy farms. Many of Indiana's wind turbines are placed in areas that had been previously classified as poor wind sites on older assessments.
Indiana is continuing to invest in wind energy based on newer studies - over 500 megawatts of additional wind farms are now under construction throughout the state. It is time that we joined our neighbors in clean wind energy production.
Reports and Resources
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Wind Maps. Available at: http://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html
AWS True Wind. "Wind Resource Maps of Kentucky" (July 2008). Click here to access.
Carson Lambert, Susan. "Renewable Energy Resources Inventory in Kentucky." Available by clicking here.
Inter-County Energy Cooperative. "Wind and Solar in Kentucky." Available: www.intercountyenergy.net/images/intercounty/Wind_and_Solar_in_Kentucky.pdf.
Russell Area Technology Center. "Kentucky Tech Celebrates its own First-of-a-Kind Renewable Energy Project 'Wind Turbine Generator' presentation" (May 2008). Click here to access.