Southern California Resources

Southern California Resources

Advanced Characterization of Wind Resources in Selected Focus Areas of California

AWS Truepower, prepared for California Energy Commission, December 2010

This report presents the results of a wind measurement and mapping study to improve the understanding and predictability of wind regimes within some of California’s attractive wind development regions. Wind measurements using meteorological towers and sonic detection and ranging systems were taken during a one-year period to better characterize the wind regimes of the Tehachapi Pass and Imperial Valley areas of Southern California. The results defined the wind’s mean and temporal characteristics, its vertical structure, and the nature and frequency of extreme weather events. The data were also used to verify and update prior wind map predictions for wind resource in the same areas. Typical meteorological year time-series datasets were developed for nine selected state communities where net metering or load matching evaluations were important. These data sets were intended to support various community-scale wind applications.

Mean Annual Wind Speed at 70m - Tehachapi Pass and Imperial Valley

AWS Truepower, prepared for California Energy Commission, December 2010

Wind Energy Assessment of Southern California

California Energy Commission, 1983

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