Kivalina

Kivalina

The wind resource measured at the Kivalina met tower site is good with measured wind power class 3 to 4 (on a scale of 1 to 7). Kivalina’s wind characteristics are ideal with exceptionally low turbulence and low wind shear. Also, Kivalina experiences very cold winter temperatures which increases energy production from wind turbines. Note […]

Mountain Village

Yukon River from Mountain Village wind site; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured at the Mountain Village met tower site is very good with measured wind power class 5 (excellent).  In addition to high average wind speeds and high wind power density, the site experiences very low turbulence and low extreme wind speed probability.  Its location on a high exposed plateau above the Yukon […]

Deering

Village of Deering; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured in Deering is good at high wind power Class 3 with low turbulence conditions. Met tower placement was based on observations of wind patterns in Deering, the relatively high elevation of the site, and proximity to existing roads. The site is thought to have the best developable wind regime near Deering. […]

Point Hope

Point Hope met tower; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured in Point Hope is outstanding, with measured wind power class 6 (on a scale of 1 to 7). In addition to high average wind speeds and high wind power density, very low turbulence was measured and calculations indicate low extreme wind speed probability, all of which are highly desirable for wind […]

Kaktovik

Kaktovik met tower; D. Vaught photo

With reference to two nearby Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) sources (Barter Island Airport and Barter Island DEW), the wind resource in Kaktovik is outstanding (Class 5 to 6), but verification with the met tower was fraught with difficulty, namely a lost data card, significant data loss due to icing, and loss of both 30 […]

Wainwright

Photo by D. Vaught

The wind resource measured in Wainwright is excellent, with measured wind power high class 4 to low class 5 (on a scale of 1 to 7). In addition to strong average wind speeds and wind power density, the site experiences highly directional prevailing winds, low turbulence and calculations indicate low extreme wind speed probability, all […]

Saint Mary’s

Aerial view of Village of Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s, Alaska is the largest village on the lower Yukon River and a high priority wind power project site for Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). In addition to the existing electrical intertie between Saint Mary’s and Pitka’s Point, current plans calls for continuation of an existing intertie west from the Saint Mary’s Airport to […]

Naknek – Cape Suwarof

Cape Suwarof, Naknek, Alaska

The wind resource at proposed Cape Suwarof wind power site in Naknek shows very good potential for wind energy development as a high Class 4 (near Class 5) wind power class resource with excellent turbulence behavior. Note that the measured wind power class is higher than predicted by the Alaska Wind Resource Map (see below) […]

Mekoryuk

Mekoryuk, Alaska

The Mekoryuk wind test site has outstanding potential for wind power development with Class 6 winds, low wind shear, and low turbulence. The wind rose indicates more variability in wind directions than observed elsewhere, but this likely is a consequence of Mekoryuk’s coastal location and maritime climate influence. For a representative village-scale stall controlled turbine […]

Quinhagak

Quinhagak, Alaska

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