EAEI Seminar: U.S. Wind Turbine Database - A National Dataset of Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

EAEI Seminar: U.S. Wind Turbine Database - A National Dataset of Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

Seminar Abstract 

In April 2018, LBNL, the United State Geological Survey (USGS), and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released the U.S. Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB), a national dataset of wind turbine locations and characteristics. The USWTDB is available to the public via downloadable datasets and an online portal.  The turbine locations are verified to a 10-meter tolerance, and the characteristics are collected from wind developers, OEMs, and other industry participants. The dataset is updated quarterly and currently contains almost 60,000 turbines.  Combined these qualities make the USWTDB the most comprehensive, easily accessible, most accurate and regularly updated dataset of its kind.  It has already been visited more than 825,000 times.

This new database is made possible through support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the USGS Energy Resources Program, and AWEA.

The PI for the project, Ben Hoen, Research Scientist, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, will describe the data sources for the USWTDB, how it was put together, and what have been some of the takeaways since its launch. As well, attendees will be shown a live-action display of the USWTDB online viewer and its features. 

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Ben Hoen
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division

Ben Hoen is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Ben conducts research and analysis on renewable energy, including: renewable energy policy analysis and assistance; cost, benefit and market analysis; and, public acceptance and deployment barriers. Ben’s research on public acceptance of renewable energy has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Real Estate Research, Contemporary Economic Policy, RE Focus, the Appraisal Journal, Energy Research & Social Science and Energy Economics. Previously, Ben worked in the paper recycling industry in Baltimore, and set up and ran his own business in Brooklyn, NY.

Ben has Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and General Business from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College.  He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife and two sons.


Nov 14, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm