Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wind Farms Share Weather Data with NOAA

Two of the nation’s largest producers of wind-generated electric power will share privately-collected weather data with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), providing agency scientists with additional observations from wind farms across the nation for research and operations.

NOAA now has data sharing agreements with Iberdrola Renewables of Portland, Ore., and NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla.—the country’s two largest generators of wind-generated electric power, according to the American Wind Energy Association. NextEra owns wind farms in Barnes and Burleigh Counties in North Dakota. Iberdrola is the owner of the Rugby Wind Farm in Pierce County.

The companies will provide valuable weather observations from instrumented towers in their wind farms and wind speed data from instruments atop wind turbines. Since 2011, Xcel Energy of Minneapolis, Minn. has provided similar observations to NOAA.

Source: NOAA

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