WHAT IS THE ROLE OF WIND SPEED IN TURBINE PLACEMENTS?
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides science about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. Their diverse expertise enables them to carry out large-scale, multidisciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. They collect data about wind turbines including dimensions, locations, capacities, and active operation time frame.
Renewable energy generation supplies 2.5% of Ohio’s net electrification generation. Wind provided the largest share coming in at around 3/5 of total renewable generation At the end of 2018, Ohio had 729 megawatts of installed wind capacity from nearly 400 turbines and another 133 megawatts of capacity under construction Most of the state's larger wind farms are located in western Ohio, the area in the state with the greatest wind potential. However, the quest is on for the development and deployment of wind turbines in central Ohio. Entrepreneurs want to know where to install wind turbines to help power our 7-county region based on the significance of wind speed.
The Columbus region comprises of 7 counties: Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union counties.