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Title: A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States

Abstract

Over 60,000 utility-scale wind turbines are installed in the United States as of October, 2019, representing over 97 gigawatts of electric power capacity; US wind turbine installations continue to grow at a rapid pace. Yet, until April 2018, no publicly-available, regularly updated data source existed to describe those turbines and their locations. Under a cooperative research and development agreement, analysts from three organizations collaborated to develop and release the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) - a publicly available, continuously updated, spatially rectified data source of locations and attributes of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States. Technical specifications and wind facility data, incorporated from five sources, undergo rigorous quality control. The location of each turbine is visually verified using high-resolution aerial imagery. The quarterly-updated data are available in a variety of formats, including an interactive web application, comma-separated values (CSV), shapefile, and application programming interface (API). The data are used widely by academic researchers, engineers and developers from wind energy companies, government agencies, planners, educators, and the general public.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [2];  [4];  [1]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (United States)
  3. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA (United States)
  4. American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind Energy Technologies Office (EE-4WE)
OSTI Identifier:
1597726
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC02-05CH11231]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Data
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 1]; Journal ID: ISSN 2052-4463
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; energy and society; energy modelling; power stations; wind energy

Citation Formats

Rand, Joseph T., Kramer, Louisa A., Garrity, Christopher P., Hoen, Ben D., Diffendorfer, Jay E., Hunt, Hannah E., and Spears, Michael. A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0353-6.
Rand, Joseph T., Kramer, Louisa A., Garrity, Christopher P., Hoen, Ben D., Diffendorfer, Jay E., Hunt, Hannah E., & Spears, Michael. A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States. United States. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0353-6.
Rand, Joseph T., Kramer, Louisa A., Garrity, Christopher P., Hoen, Ben D., Diffendorfer, Jay E., Hunt, Hannah E., and Spears, Michael. Mon . "A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States". United States. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0353-6. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1597726.
@article{osti_1597726,
title = {A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States},
author = {Rand, Joseph T. and Kramer, Louisa A. and Garrity, Christopher P. and Hoen, Ben D. and Diffendorfer, Jay E. and Hunt, Hannah E. and Spears, Michael},
abstractNote = {Over 60,000 utility-scale wind turbines are installed in the United States as of October, 2019, representing over 97 gigawatts of electric power capacity; US wind turbine installations continue to grow at a rapid pace. Yet, until April 2018, no publicly-available, regularly updated data source existed to describe those turbines and their locations. Under a cooperative research and development agreement, analysts from three organizations collaborated to develop and release the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) - a publicly available, continuously updated, spatially rectified data source of locations and attributes of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States. Technical specifications and wind facility data, incorporated from five sources, undergo rigorous quality control. The location of each turbine is visually verified using high-resolution aerial imagery. The quarterly-updated data are available in a variety of formats, including an interactive web application, comma-separated values (CSV), shapefile, and application programming interface (API). The data are used widely by academic researchers, engineers and developers from wind energy companies, government agencies, planners, educators, and the general public.},
doi = {10.1038/s41597-020-0353-6},
journal = {Scientific Data},
number = [1],
volume = [7],
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {1}
}

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