Wind Manufacturing Facilities (purple)
This layer identifies locations where components such as turbines, blades, towers, nacelles, and other components are manufactured in the United States. This data is updated yearly and reported in the Annual Wind Market report (2010 Annual Wind Market Report)
Wind Farm Sites (blue)
This layer was developed by OpenEI to display installed, under construction and proposed wind project sites. Data was compiled using a variety of shared and publicly available information. Point locations represent the best available information for the project site or a randomly chosen location within larger projects, usually based on visibility of installed turbines using tools such as Google Maps or Bing Maps. The most recent version of data and references are available for download at OpenEI Map of Wind Farms
Residential Electricity Price (red scale)
These are 2010 rates calculated for residential, commercial and industrial sectors from data reported by EIA. Rates were matched from EIA data and Ventyx (2010) territory shapes. Where a match could not be made or no territory was available, a state average of the EIA data was used as backfill. Data were then averaged, weighted by area, over the counties. Data are reported by sector in $/MWh.
I’ll often repurpose my exploration of a new software or language to visualize environmental data in hopes that it can be used as an informational tool. In this map of the US, I overlapped several data sets to show patterns in energy consumption and wind farm locations (ideally the map is shown in conjunction with the Juxtapose.js maps below which visualize wind speeds and wind farm capacities in the US).
I’ve included a massive and interesting detour in this project - my experience accessing and processing land-sat imagery. Land-sat is a publicly accessible satellite that continuously photographs the Earth on 8 separate wavelengths. Each of these wavelengths tell us something unique and when processed in certain combinations visualize specific environmental issues like deforestation and drought. My first and worthwhile detour was accessing these satellite images and exploring useful false-color combinations.
False Color - Land-Sat
Ideal Wind Farms
1. US wind speeds Vs. potential wind capacity (area sq. km, 1 - 400 turbines)
2. Installed wind Vs. potential wind capacity (MW)