permanent met towers
Wind in MontanaMontana has wind, lots of wind. The state is ranked among the top five for wind power potential and several large, utility-scale wind farms are in operation. The total capacity of installed commercial wind turbines is more than 500 megawatts. In 2009, Montana ranked 9th in wind electricity generation by state, producing 820,924 MWh of electricity. More than 3 percent of the electricity generated in Montana that year came from wind, a percentage that is even higher today. Judith Gap Wind Farm, Credit: Montana Film OfficeThe following links offer more information about wind and wind development opportunities in Montana. Tax and Other Incentives Wind Data Sources Montana Wind Power Map Permit Requirements Developing Wind Energy on State Lands Basics for Small Wind Energy Systems Net Metering and Easements Wind Powering America U.S. DOE Wind Organizations Commercial Wind Projects Small Wind Installations in Montana AWEA Small Wind Turbine Market Report Wind Powering Montana Workshop Presentations Big Sky, October 3, 2001
WINData installs on-site permanent met towers and off site sensor arrays for use in wind forecasting, plant operations and energy scheduling. Combining real met data from remote locations around the wind plant allows operators to get a critical preview of the weather that is heading toward the farm. This allows them to participate more effectively in their respective markets and also reduce the impact of short term forecast error and unexpected ramp event on the production of power at the plant.
WINData’s real-time data is collected and stored alongside the plant’s SCADA data in an OSIsoft PI server and can be queried and used in more sophisticated RUC forecasting models, thus insuring greater accuracy and advanced warning about pending weather patterns.
WINData’s expertise and high fidelity data, have been employed since 2007 to help wind plant operations become more of an exact science that can be optimized for each plant’s site characteristics. Proper on and off-site sensor array design, combines with state of the art forecast models to help wind assets perform progressively closer to their peak potential and gives the best return on investment possible.