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In the U.S., a storm track promoted windier-than-normal conditions for wind farms throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains, while the rest of North America experienced below-normal wind conditions.
‘In particular, the greatest deviations occurred throughout the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, which experienced conditions up to 20 percent above normal,’ says Michael Brower, chief technical officer at AWS Truepower. ‘Regions that experienced significantly below-normal wind speeds included the Midwest, Great Lakes and the Mid-Atlantic and New England offshore areas. These areas exhibited wind speeds that were between 5 [percent] and 15 percent below normal.’
The analysis is based on AWS Truepower's long-term simulated wind resource data set and is conducted by a team of meteorologists.
Europe, however, experienced below-normal conditions throughout the majority of the continent. Areas exhibiting significantly below-normal values included the British Isles, western and central Europe, the southern Mediterranean, the Balkans and Turkey, according to AWS Tru