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

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

TitleA continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsJoseph Rand, Louisa Kramer, Christopher Garrity, Ben Hoen, James Diffendorfer, Hannah Hunt, Michael Spears
JournalScientific Data
Volume7
Issue15
Date Published01/2020
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.

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URLhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-0353-6
DOI10.1038/s41597-020-0353-6