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Wind Resource Data, Tools, and Maps

Explore wind resource data via our online geospatial tools and downloadable maps and data sets.

For more information on NREL’s wind data development, see the Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit.

Geospatial Data Tools

Wind Prospector
Visualizes data and analyzes the potential for wind energy.

WIND Toolkit
Includes meteorological conditions and turbine power for more than 126,000 sites in the continental United States.

Wind Supply Curves
View wind supply curve data, which include latitude, longitude, available area, capacity potential, generation potential, generator capacity factor, and distance to interconnect.

Developer Network: Wind
Provides access to wind resource data and NREL models.

Eastern Wind Data Set
Provides energy professionals with a consistent set of wind profiles for the eastern United States. It features 10-minute, time-series wind data for 2004, 2005, and 2006. More than 1,326 simulated wind farm data points are available across the eastern United States.

Western Wind Data Set
Provides energy professionals with a consistent set of wind profiles across the western United States. Features 10-minute, time-series wind data for 2004, 2005, and 2006. More than 30,000 data points are available across the western United States.

Flatirons Campus Meteorological Tower Data
Includes live graphical displays and wind data.

Renewable Energy Atlas
View and explore renewable energy resource data.

Renewable Energy Potential Model
Empowers users to calculate renewable energy capacity, generation, and cost based on geospatial intersection with grid infrastructure and land-use characteristics.

Tribal Energy Atlas
Explore techno-economic renewable energy potential on tribal lands.

Wind Resource Maps

These static maps illustrate multiyear average wind speeds at various heights derived from NREL's WIND Toolkit. They may be used in electronic and printed publications with proper citation.

Note: The publication dates listed below don't necessarily reflect the publication dates of the data therein.

North America

Contiguous United States

Download the U.S. wind maps individually below, or download all the U.S. wind maps at once.

Canada

Download the Canada wind maps individually below, or download all the Canada wind maps at once.

Mexico and Central America

Download the Mexico wind maps individually below, or download all the Mexico and Central America wind maps at once.

Wind Resource Geospatial Data

To make the maps above, multiyear average wind speeds were calculated from the WIND Toolkit. The contiguous United States, Canada, and Mexico are separate analysis regions and were thus calculated individually. These derived data sets are provided below as geospatial rasters.

Note: To view and use these data sets, you need appropriate geographic information system software.

Contiguous United States

U.S. Multiyear Average Wind Speeds at All Heights
September 2017

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Canada

Canada Multiyear Average Wind Speeds at All Heights
September 2017

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Mexico and Central America

Mexico and Central America Multiyear Average Wind Speeds at All Heights
September 2017

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Cite the Maps and Data

Please cite use of the maps and data accordingly.

Draxl, C., B.M. Hodge, A. Clifton, and J. McCaa. 2015. Overview and Meteorological Validation of the Wind Integration National Dataset Toolkit (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5000-61740). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Draxl, C., B.M. Hodge, A. Clifton, and J. McCaa. 2015. "The Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit." Applied Energy 151: 355366.

Lieberman-Cribbin, W., C. Draxl, and A. Clifton. 2014. Guide to Using the WIND Toolkit Validation Code (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5000-62595). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

King, J., A. Clifton, and B.M. Hodge. 2014. Validation of Power Output for the WIND Toolkit (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5D00-61714). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Contact

If you have any questions about the maps and data, please contact us.