Wind

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, although tower heights for new installations are increasing— up to 140m— to gain access to better wind resources.

Every state that borders Kentucky operates utility-scale wind farms. As of August 2015, Indiana's wind energy farms listed a production of 1.758.6 MW projects installed. 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. It is time that we joined our neighbors in clean wind energy production. 

 

Reports and Resources

Kentucky 80-Meter Wind Resource Data: https://windexchange.energy.gov/maps-data/46

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Wind Maps. Available at: http://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html

 Kentucky Energy And Environment Cabinet — Division of Renewable Energy: Wind: http://energy.ky.gov/renewable/Pages/WindEnergy.aspx

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.

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