Full Title: Overview and Meteorological Validation of the Wind Integration National Dataset Toolkit
Author(s): C. Draxl, B.-M. Hodge, and A. Clifton
Publisher(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April 26, 2015
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Regional wind integration studies in the United States require detailed wind power output data at many locations to perform simulations of how the power system will operate under highpenetration scenarios. The wind data sets that serve as inputs to these studies must realistically reflect the ramping characteristics, spatial and temporal correlations, and capacity factors of the simulated wind plants, as well as be time-synchronized with available load profiles.
The Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit described in this report fulfills these requirements, and constitutes a state-of-the-art national wind resource data set covering the contiguous United States from 2007 to 2013 for use in a variety of next-generation wind integration analyses and wind power planning. The toolkit is a wind resource data set, wind forecast data set, and wind power production and forecast data set derived from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) numerical weather prediction model. WIND Toolkit data are available online for over 116,000 land-based and 10,000 offshore sites representing existing and potential wind facilities.