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Data Series 524

In cooperation with the Wyoming seasonal sage-grouse partners and oversight committee

Spatial Mapping and Attribution of Wyoming Wind Turbines

By Michael S. O'Donnell and Tammy S. Fancher

Abstract

This Wyoming wind-turbine data set represents locations of wind turbines found within Wyoming as of August 1, 2009. Each wind turbine is assigned to a wind farm. For each turbine, this report contains information about the following: potential megawatt output, rotor diameter, hub height, rotor height, land ownership, county, wind farm power capacity, the number of units currently associated with its wind farm, the wind turbine manufacturer and model, the wind farm developer, the owner of the wind farm, the current purchaser of power from the wind farm, the year the wind farm went online, and the status of its operation. Some attributes are estimates based on information that was obtained through the American Wind Energy Association and miscellaneous online reports. The locations are derived from August 2009 true-color aerial photographs made by the National Agriculture Imagery Program; the photographs have a positional accuracy of approximately ±5 meters. The location of wind turbines under construction during the development of this data set will likely be less accurate than the location of turbines already completed.

The original purpose for developing the data presented here was to evaluate the effect of wind energy development on seasonal habitat used by greater sage-grouse. Additionally, these data will provide a planning tool for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Science Team and for other wildlife- and habitat-related projects underway at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center. Specifically, these data will be used to quantify disturbance of the landscape related to wind energy as well as quantifying indirect disturbances to flora and fauna.

This data set was developed for the 2010 project “Seasonal predictive habitat models for greater sage-grouse in Wyoming.” This project’s spatially explicit seasonal distribution models of sage-grouse in Wyoming will provide resource managers with tools for conservation planning. These specific data are being used for assessing the effect of disturbance resulting from wind energy development within Wyoming on sage-grouse populations.

First posted August 17, 2010

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Suggested citation:

O’Donnell, M.S., and Fancher, T.S., 2010, Spatial mapping and attribution of Wyoming wind turbines: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 524.

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