Wind turbines are more widespread in the US than many have recognized

As part of a project to develop a methodology for assessing wind energy impacts on wildlife at a national scale the US Geological Survey has inventoried and mapped all of the industrial scale wind turbines in the US. The dataset includes the following data for almost 48,000 wind turbines:

  • location
  • startup year
  • manufacturer
  • model
  • tower type
  • height
  • rotor diameter

and more. Data may not be complete for every turbine. A descriptive summary and a link to the dataset can be found at http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/mapping-the-nations-wind-turbines/

USGS has gone further by plotting the locations of all turbines on a map. This map is available at http://eerscmap.usgs.gov/windfarm/

To GallonDaily’s knowledge, no similar dataset of industrial scale wind turbines exists for Canada.

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