Energy Resources Program
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Press Release & Publication
The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
USGS Publication: Data Series 817
The wind turbine dataset was updated as follows: It now includes new turbines listed in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Obstacle Repository System (ORS) Digital Obstacle File (DOF) through March 2, 2014. This is 171 new turbines and over 1000 updated ORS numbers...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
USGS Technical Release
USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Publication: Data Series
This dataset represents an update to USGS Data Series 596. Locations and attributes of wind turbines in New Mexico, 2009 (available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/596/). This updated New Mexico wind turbine Data Series provides geospatial data for all 562 wind turbines established within the State of New Mexico as of June 2011, an increase of 155 wind turbines from 2009.
USGS Publication: Data Series 782
This dataset represents an update to USGS Data Series 597. Locations and attributes of wind turbines in Colorado, 2009 (available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/597/). This updated Colorado wind turbine Data Series provides geospatial data for all 1,204 wind turbines established within the State of Colorado as of September 2011, an increase of 297 wind turbines from 2009.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Technical Announcement & Publication
Land and resource managers now have a comprehensive new map of coal and wind energy resources information for southwestern Wyoming. This map has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Wyoming State Geological Survey, as Part A of a two part energy map and data series.
Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors of renewable energy in the United States. About 3% of the total electricity in the United States was generated by wind turbines in 2012 (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), which is equivalent to the annual electricity use for about 12 million households. The amount of electricity generated by wind has increased from about 6 billion kilowatt hours (kw) in 2000 to 140 billion kw in 2012. In response to the Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future Initiative, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Energy Resources Program has begun investigating how to assess the impacts of onshore wind energy development on wildlife at a national scale.
In order to investigate how to assess the impacts of wind energy development on wildlife, the Energy Resources Program has undertaken a project to develop a new methodology. This methodology is very different from previous USGS energy assessments. Instead of looking at technically recoverable resources of oil, gas, geothermal or coal, or technically accessible storage areas for carbon sequestration, the USGS is developing a methodology for determining the impacts of a type of energy development. This work merges the experience that the USGS has in creating assessment methodologies with its expertise in wildlife ecology and wind-wildlife research.
To aid in developing the methodology, the Wind Energy Impacts Assessment Methodology project will conduct several lines of research. The research topics include: a geospatial dataset of onshore, commercial scale, wind turbine locations in the United States; forecasting wind energy impacts on Indiana (Myotis sodalis) and little brown bats (M. lucifugus) using migratory connectivity models; assessing the population level effects of wind energy on birds using the North American Breeding Bird Survey; a framework to prioritize birds and bats killed at wind facilities based on the risk of wind energy development impacting the overall population; new analyses of bird and bat mortality data from United States wind farms; an evaluation of new data types and tools for determining the intensity of low-elevation flights of birds and bats; and geospatial analyses of how wind energy development affects land transformation.
Margo D. Corum
James E. Diffendorer
Matthew D. Merrill
The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications. Wind turbine records are collected and compiled from various public and private sources, digitized and position-verified from aerial imagery, and quality checked. The USWTDB is available for download in a variety of tabular and geospatial file formats, to meet a range of user/software needs. Cached and dynamic web services are available for users that wish to access the USWTDB as a Representational State Transfer Services (RESTful) web service.
Access Data & Web Services link
Fort Collins Science Center: Causes and Consequences of Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines
Wind Power-Related Research Projects at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center USGS News Releases: From Pikas to Plague, Climate Change and Wind Energy (7/16/2012)
U.S. Department of Energy Wind Research
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