AWS Truepower LLC, a provider of renewable energy consulting and information services, has released the latest installment of its Wind Trends Bulletin, a quarterly analytical wind report that reviews wind patterns in the U.S., Canada and Europe for the second quarter of this year.
The analysis is based on AWS Truepower's long-term simulated wind resource data set and is conducted by a team of meteorologists, the company explains.
The U.S. experienced an exceptionally good quarter for wind resources, the report concludes.
‘It was windier than normal across almost the entire country, and especially in the southern Great Plains, where a large fraction of the country's wind power plants are operating,’ notes Michael Brower, chief technical officer at AWS Truepower. "The last 12 months were also good for wind power production."
Wind plant owners were not so fortunate in parts of Europe, according to the report.
"In southern and eastern Europe, wind speeds were slightly below normal during the second quarter," says Joan Aymami, vice president of international business at AWS Truepower. "Conversely, wind speeds were 5% to 15% above normal in the U.K., Iceland, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Austria."
The complete Wind Trends Bulletin is available here.