Skip Links

USGS - science for a changing world

Data Series 828

Spatial Mapping and Attribution of Wyoming Wind Turbines, 2012

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


These data represent locations of wind turbines found within Wyoming as of August 2012. We assigned each wind turbine to a wind farm and, in these data, provide information about each turbine’s potential megawatt output, rotor diameter, hub height, rotor height, the status of the land ownership where the turbine exists, the county each turbine is located in, wind farm power capacity, the number of units currently associated with each 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 of the attributes are estimates based on the information we found via the American Wind Energy Association and other on-line reports. The locations are derived from National Agriculture Imagery Program (2009 and 2012) true color aerial photographs and have a positional accuracy of approximately +/-5 meters.

These data will provide a planning tool for wildlife- and habitat-related projects underway at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center and other government and non-government organizations. Specifically, we will use these data to support quantifying disturbances of the landscape as related to wind energy as well as to quantify indirect disturbances to flora and fauna. This data set represents an update to a previous version by O’Donnell and Fancher (2010).


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

First posted March 13, 2014

For additional information contact:
Center Director, Fort Collins Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
2150 Centre Avenue, Bldg. C
Fort Collins, CO 80526–8118

Suggested citation:

O’Donnell, M.S., and Fancher, T.S., 2014, Spatial mapping and attribution of Wyoming wind turbines–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 828,

ISSN 2327-638x (online)

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Contact USGS
Page Last Modified: Monday, November 28, 2016, 07:27:48 PM