HOW IS CLEAN LINE STUDYING THE WIND RESOURCE IN WESTERN KANSAS?

Wind PoleEveryone knows it’s windy in Kansas. But what’s less known is the percentage of time a single wind turbine will produce at full capacity; or how wind speeds vary from hour to hour; or what part of the day has the strongest wind speeds. Clean Line is working to find answers to these questions and many others.

Clean Line has outfitted several communications towers in southwestern Kansas to collect data on 10-minute average wind speeds and other atmospheric conditions. This data will:

  • Enable Clean Line to model more than 4,000 MW of wind generation in Kansas and forecast utilization rates for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line;
  • Help wind developers and other interested parties study the power production characteristics of a typical wind farm; and
  • Help electric grid operators and customers who will purchase power delivered by the Grain Belt Express Clean Line plan appropriately for the integration of wind power from Kansas.

Towers have been instrumented with sensors and collecting wind speed data near the following cities in Kansas.

  • Mullinville, in service date: June 2011
  • Byers, in service date: June 2011
  • Satanta, in service date: June 2011
  • Ransom, in service date: June 2011
  • Dodge City, in service date: October 2011
  • Garden City, in service date: November 2011