AWS Truepower, has released the latest installment of its Wind Trends Bulletin, a quarterly analytical wind report. The report reviews wind patterns in India, Europe, and North America, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The analysis is based on AWS Truepower’s long-term simulated wind resource data set and is conducted by a team of expert meteorologists.
“The fourth quarter was marked by some large shifts in the monthly anomalies across North America,” stated Mark Taylor, Lead Meteorologist at AWS Truepower. Strongly positive North Atlantic Arctic Oscillations resulted in a more northerly storm track and higher wind speeds across much of North America and northern Europe.”
Results in India were mixed. Much of northern and southern India experienced above-average wind speeds during the fourth quarter. The majority of Rajasthan, which is a key state for wind projects, experienced wind speeds that were well-below normal. “Although deviations in wind resource are to be expected, a strategy to mitigate the risk of major portfolio underperformance is essential to hedging against the annual variability of wind,” stated Arvinder Singh, India Business Head. “Prior to developing or investing in a wind project it is important to take a holistic view of the long-term resource and climate trends to ensure a balanced approach.”
AWS Truepower’s Wind Trends Bulletin provides wind plant owners, investors and operators with a high level analysis of wind resource performance influenced by climatic fluctuations. The analysis provides wind project stakeholders with a benchmark to compare observed performance and aids in identifying potential issues with plant underperformance.
Wind Trends Bulletin are available online by region:
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