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Evaluating the most promising sites for wind energy development in Arizona USA: Working paper series--05-09

Acker, Thomas L. and Williams, Susan K. and Duque, Earl P.N. (2005) Evaluating the most promising sites for wind energy development in Arizona USA: Working paper series--05-09. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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During the summer of 2003, the state of Arizona took delivery of a set of high-resolution wind energy maps. After applying various exclusions, the developable wind energy potential is 23,290 MW of class 3 or higher, 2,630 MW of class 4 or higher, and 775 MW of class 5 or higher winds. Having determined the potential wind resource, the geographical information system data supplied with the wind maps was used to create a wind resource inventory and to systematically identify the most promising sites for wind energy development. In addition to wind energy potential, proximity to transmission lines and roads, and land ownership were considered in this analysis. Following that, the cost of energy was estimated at a few geographically diverse sites, including class 3, 4, and 5 wind resource areas, at a hub height of 70 m. These estimates revealed that the real levelized cost of energy in 2005 dollars ranged from 4.21 to 5.04 cents per kWh, as the wind class varies from 5 to 3. This paper documents the findings of the wind mapping process, describes the method and results of evaluating the most promising sites for wind development, and presents the cost of energy results.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 05-09
Keywords: Working paper, Wind Energy Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 20:52
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1567

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