Wind Speeds in the Fourth Quarter of 2012 Below-Average in Many Regions
AWS Truepower, LLC, today released its quarterly analytical Wind Trends Bulletins for Europe, India, and North America. Each report independently reviews wind resource performance based on AWS Truepower’s long-term simulated wind resource data set. Fourth quarter key findings indicate that wind speeds were below-average compared with the long-term average in most regions; however, a few areas did receive above-average wind speeds.
Europe: Most of the continent experienced below-average wind speeds relative to the long-term average. France, Northern Spain, parts of Italy, Greece and Western Turkey experienced above-average wind speeds.
India: In most of India wind speeds were well below-normal relative to the long-term average while the Gangetic Plains were above-average.
North America: Compared to the long-term average, wind speeds were below-average in most of Canada and Northern United States while above-average across most of Southern and Western US.
AWS Truepower assesses portfolios of pre- and post-construction assets that take into consideration long-term and annual fluctuations in wind resource to gauge portfolio risk. The Wind Trends Bulletins provide wind plant owners, investors and operators with a high-level analysis of wind resource performance influenced by climatic fluctuations. This aids in identifying potential issues with wind plant underperformance.
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