Your Wind Resource in the Northwest

The Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center is operated by Renewable Northwest in cooperation with our partners, Northwest SEED and the Oregon Department of Energy. The NW Wind Center was designed to be your best source for timely, accurate information on wind energy issues, and was formed with initial funding from the US Department of Energy through WINDExchange.

Wind Vision

Wind VisionThe Wind Vision Report, released by the US Department of Energy, builds upon the continued the success of the wind industry to date and quantifies a robust wind energy future. Read about the key findings:

  • Wind energy is available nationwide.
  • Wind supports a strong domestic supply chain.
  • Wind is affordable.
  • Wind reduces air pollution emissions.
  • Wind energy preserves water resources.
  • Wind deployment increases community revenues.

Find out more about the Wind Vision Report:
http://energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-vision 

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has published a series of fact sheets using the Wind Vision data to summarize impacts to each state. The fact sheets are available for download and can be freely distributed. Download the fact sheets for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Pacific Offshore: Tools & Resources

Oregon Department of Energy released in May 2017 their paper on offshore wind strategy recommendations. Given the potential in the Pacific Northwest, offshore wind could be a key energy resource. This report examines the current market, the state of the technology and infrastructure, and the policy structure that could put offshore development on track. The report also includes strategic steps the region could take to encourage offshore wind development.