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Dr. Jonathan Naughton


College of Engineering & Applied Science

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6284


Wind Energy in Wyoming

Wind Energy Research Center

Wind Energy Resource Areas in Wyoming

Anyone who has visited Wyoming knows it enjoys a vast wind resource, particularly in the southern part of the State. Wyoming is located close to the large wind energy resource areas of the Northern Great Plains where a significant number of wind plants are expected to be installed over the next two decades.

Wyoming itself contains over 50% of the United States' top categories for wind energy resource. Wyoming is likely to become a large producer of wind energy due to this resource coupled with space to locate the wind turbines, transmission capability (both existing and proposed) and population centers such as the Front Range of the Rockies that have high energy needs.   In terms of transportation, Wyoming is a hub with the intersection of I-80 and I-25, as well as major rail line intersections, making the state an attractive location for manufacturing as the demand for distributed manufacturing of wind turbines increases.

The Wind Energy Research Center addresses a third area of wind energy in which Wyoming can play a role: the continued development of wind energy technology.   A recent report indicates that wind energy can produce a significant amount of the nation's needs, but only with continued development of technology and the ability to transmit power from where it is produced. When considered together, it is logical that Wyoming should play a pivotal role in the rapidly developing wind energy enterprise.

Wyoming Wind Facts

  • Wyoming ranks first in terms of land-based class 6 and 7 wind sites. Class 6 and 7 wind sites are considered the highest resource potential sites based on wind speed and power generation.
  • Wyoming ranks 7th in the U.S. in terms of total potential wind resource and is located in proximity to the largest onshore wind generation area in North America.
  • Wyoming is 15th in production of wind energy in 2007.
  • Wyoming will benefit from construction, operation, and tax income from wind plants.
  • Wind turbine demand provides potential new opportunities for manufacturing in Wyoming.
  • The need for enhanced turbine technology creates potential for increased research and development activities in Wyoming.

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