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Site Selection and GIS Analysis of Potential Wind Farms in Washington State. Ben Rushwald CEE 424 Final Project. Utility Scale Wind Turbines. Source of renewable energy Growing industry and source of energy harness kinetic energy of the wind Is becoming more and more price competitive

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site selection and gis analysis of potential wind farms in washington state

Site Selection and GIS Analysis of Potential Wind Farms in Washington State

Ben Rushwald

CEE 424

Final Project

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Utility Scale Wind Turbines

  • Source of renewable energy
  • Growing industry and source of energy
  • harness kinetic energy of the wind
  • Is becoming more and more price competitive
  • with traditional sources of energy

Vehicle

site restrictions

SITE RESTRICTIONS

  • Wind Class of 4 or greater
      • On a scale of 1 to 7
  • The turbines CAN NOT be placed
      • In mountainous rugged regions
      • Within 5 miles of urban areas
      • In National Parks
analysis

Analysis

  • Gathered layers for all restrictions
  • Good wind speed data is important
  • DEM data is raster
  • All others layers are vector data
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Vector polygon created of elevations under 2000ft

  • A polygon of areas with wind speeds of class 4 or greater was created

Analysis, cont

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Analysis, cont

  • Other restrictions displayed and buffered
  • These areas removed from the wind speed polygon
  • Current Wind Farms Identified
results

Results

  • Located areas in Washington state where the wind speed is the greatest
  • Looked at tribal land for potential sites for potential income
  • The Columbia River has highest wind speeds
    • -Many farms already located there
  • Potential near Ellensburg
  • Smaller potential near South Bend

Potential Wind Site

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