- Published: 23 April 2018 23 April 2018
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, has released a publicly available database of US wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) is funded by the US Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and developed as part of a public-private partnership with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Using the USWTDB Viewer, federal agencies will be able to share data to properly account for wind plants in development planning. The collaborative arrangement with AWEA and USGS allowed to merge the separate proprietary datasets from each of the organisations and combine them with those from the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The Database currently contains data from more than 57,000 turbines constructed from the 1980s through 2018, in more than 1,700 wind power projects spanning 43 states plus Puerto Rico and Guam. Users can interact with the data using multiple filters and colourings to allow wind projects across counties, states, or regions to be quickly scanned for unique qualities. The full dataset can be downloaded in a variety of formats, and users can connect to the underlying data and incorporate the Viewer into their own website. The database includes wind turbine locations and characteristics, including make and model, total height, hub height, rotor diameter, year of installation, and rated capacity to produce electricity.