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Wind Energy Potential in East Central Arizona

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  024185,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10523) @2002
Authors:   Dennis L. Larson, Huey Hong Hsieh, Thomas N. Hansen
Keywords:   Wind Energy, Energy Assessment

Wind energy can be utilized to generate electricity cost effectively if reliably and sufficiently available. The wind energy potential of a site near Springerville in east central Arizona was evaluated to better quantify the wind resource and identify potential wind generator sites. Measurements from Dec. 1999-June 2001 found average monthly wind speeds to be 8.115.0 mph, yielding categorization as a class 3 wind density site, a site meriting further feasibility analysis. Peak daily wind speeds usually were obtained from noon to five in the afternoon; peak seasonal winds were received from February through June, times which could enhance economic feasibility.

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