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Rhode Island 50-Meter Wind Map

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This Rhode Island wind map shows the wind resource at a 50-m height. Download a printable map. If you have a disability and need assistance reading the wind map, please email the webmaster.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (Energy Department's) Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a 50-meter height wind resource map for Rhode Island. This map is a key piece of understanding the state's wind resource potential from a development, policy, and a jobs and economic development impact perspective.

About the 50-Meter Rhode Island Wind Resource Map

This resource map shows estimates of wind power density at 50 m above the ground and depicts the resource that could be used for community-scale wind development using wind turbines at 50-60-m hub heights.

As a renewable resource, wind was classified according to wind power classes, which were based on wind speed frequency distributions and air density. These classes ranged from Class 1 (the lowest) to Class 7 (the highest). In general, at a 50-m height, wind power Class 4 or higher could have been useful for generating wind power with turbines in the 250-kW to 750-kW rating. Given the advances in technology, resources below Class 4 may now be suitable for the new midsize wind turbines. In recognition of these continuing advancements in wind energy technologies and the ability for the current generation of wind turbines to extract cost competitive wind energy from lower wind speeds the Energy Department has moved away from the wind power classification system and now reports wind speeds only.

This map indicates that Rhode Island has wind resources consistent with community-scale production. The good wind resource area is located in extreme southeastern Rhode Island along Block Island Sound. Additional Class 3 areas are found along the coast in southwestern and south-central Rhode Island.

Note: Wind resource at a micro level can vary significantly; therefore, you should get a professional evaluation of your specific area of interest.

Another wind map is also available Rhode Island Wind Speed Mapper.