Wind development is one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry today. Under the right conditions it can be a large and sustainable local economic development opportunity. Current wind resource estimates (i.e. MN DOC) for NE Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Zone indicate that we have a poor wind resource not suitable for development. However, these wind resource estimates are based primarily on climatological modeling, and are no substitute for site-specific measurements. This project was aimed at achieving three primary objectives: 1. Obtain a minimum of one years worth of quality wind speed data (6/15/2007-6/15/2008) from eight sites (Duluth, Clover Valley, Finland, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Hovland and Grand Portage) along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior; 2. Use this site-specific wind speed data to create a wind resource map for the entire region; 3. Use this wind speed data to conduct community-scale wind development economic feasibility studies. Our results suggest that Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior has far higher wind speeds than past estimates indicate, and we have begun working with several communities in this region on the development of their local wind resource.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management , in cooperation with Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program. We would also like to thank the U of MN's Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership (NMSDP) , Minnesota's NE Region Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) , and UMD’s College of Liberal Arts for critical matching project funds.
- Economic feasibility
- Sustainable development
- Wind development
- Wind monitoring
- Wind resource mapping