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. […]

Buckland

Raising the met tower; D. Vaught photo

Buckland has very expensive fuel, a well-run powerplant ideally suited for integration of wind turbines, and a strong desire to incorporate wind power to reduce their energy costs. In summer 2015, after ten years of study and planning, two Northern Power Systems 100 wind turbines were installed. Two wind studies were conducted in Buckland, one […]

Point Lay

Point Lay, Alaska

The wind resource measured in Point Lay is excellent, with measured wind power high class 4 to low class 5 (on a scale of 1 to 7). In addition to high average wind speeds and high wind power density, Point Lay’s winds are highly directional and of low turbulence, all of which are highly desirable […]

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 […]

Atqasuk

Atqasuk met tower; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured to date in Atqasuk appears to be promising for wind power development, but winter data recovery was very poor. Wind power class 3 (fair) is calculated but that with only one year of data characterized by poor winter data recovery, that classification may well be in error. With respect to other […]

Anaktuvuk Pass

Top of tower and obstruction balls; D. Vaught photo

The wind resource measured in Anaktuvuk Pass is somewhat low by some standards of wind power development with projected wind power class 2 (marginal). But, the viability of wind power in a remote community is primarily dependent on the cost of fuel for electricity generation. Given the very high cost of diesel fuel in Anaktuvuk […]

Eek

Eek Alaska

The wind resource in Eek is estimated based on wind studies completed in the nearby communities of Quinhagak, Bethel, and Kongiganak. The wind resource in Quinhagak was measured from October 2005 to May 2007 with a 30 meter met tower located near the site of the recently-constructed wind turbines. The mean wind speed in Quinhagak […]

Marshall

Marshall met tower; D. Vaught photo

The proposed Marshall wind project site is located one-half mile east of the village, just north of the airport access road and west of the spur road to Pilcher Mountain.  The site was identified during a reconnaissance visit in 2007 as particularly suitable for wind power development.   A met tower was installed at the project […]