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Permitting and Mitigation

WINData provides services to facilitate site permitting and avian and wildlife impact mitigation in compliance with United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS“) guidelines with regard to impact issues. Reduction of risk begins with the initial site selection screening.  Existing information is used to select sites that appear, based on a variety of available information,to be environmentally benign and have lower levels of avian and wildlife use. Our specialists determine species known to occur in the area, that may be specifically listed by the USFWS as threatened or as a “species of special concern”.

Once a site is chosen, additional site-specific studies can be conducted to determine whether portions of the site have relatively higher or lower avian use levels. That information is used in the siting of individual turbine locations. The reduction of avian risk is an extremely site-specific issue that is frequently referred to during the site design process.

In addition to reducing avian risk through siting decisions, the selection of technology and careful planning to minimize avian perching opportunities on wind farm equipment are essential. The use of tubular, rather than less-expensive lattice, turbine towers; the use of perch-free smooth nacelles; the undergrounding of power collection and communication cables; the use of tall towers and slowly rotating turbine blades all contribute to reducing avian risk on the site.

Turbines are set back from rim edges approximately 50 meters to avoid a zone of raptor use as well as of the rim edge. Similarly, based on its development experience, WINData uses tubular (rather than less expensive lattice) towers and underground power collection cables, in its plant layouts, to avoid creating avian perching opportunities.

Finally, WINData plant designs use large capacity wind turbines to reduce the number of turbines and increase the spacing between turbines and rows of turbines. The slower rotational speed for blades of the large turbines and the tall towers that raised the blades high above the ground may be particularly important factors in reducing avian risk.

Wind Project Development

WINData, LLC is a veteran engineering company that provides professional wind project development services to the wind industry. WINData wind project work comprises over 15 GW of wind farms and conceptual developments across the United States.

WINData’s pioneering work in the 1990’s and early 2000’s contributed significantly to the wind energy projects on the Blackfeet Reservation, Cut Bank, Ethridge and Judith Gap in Montana; the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon and near Casper, Wyoming

WINData provides a full range of wind energy project services from initial met program design, resource  analysis, land work, plant design and permitting to negotiation of Interconnection and Power Purchase Agreements and plant construction and commissioning. Our Principals have been integral in wind project origination since 1991 and have significant experience in every aspect of the business from initial land owner relations to negotiations with power off-takers.

Comprehensive professional services

WINData offers the following comprehensive professional services to clients:

  • Utility and energy business technical team leadership
  • Identification and origination of wind development opportunities
  • Project scoping, development strategy and bid formulation
  • Technical team assembly, leadership and management
  • Wind resource assessment and meteorological science
  • Wind project micro-siting, project design and output modeling
  • Conducting meetings with land owners, communities, Utilities, stakeholders, governmental agencies and tribes
  • Contract and agreement formulation, negotiation and execution
  • Technical writing and presentations
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The Technology

WINData’s “WINDataNOW! Technology” was developed under research support from John Deere Renewables, NaturEner and the US Department of Energy. WINDataNOW! is a 4G high-fidelity real-time met data technology leveraging OSIsoft PI for use by wind energy integrators, forecasters, developers and plant and system operators.

WINDataNOW’s core technology takes advantage of many industry standard pieces of equipment and combines them to deliver real-time meteorological data to users. Various meteorological tower configurations and instrument combinations are possible and vary by individual site characteristic and customer specifications. WINDataNOW can even add non- standard sensors as required to further characterize the wind flows of a prospective site.

While today’s site assessment technology relies on 10 minute average wind speed readings, the WINDataNOW technology records a much higher fidelity data set (usually second-by-second data). Legacy systems paint an even more incomplete picture of a site’s potential operations once that 10 minute average data is rolled into hourly, daily or monthly averages.

WINDataNOW’s technology gives users the flexibility to use their high fidelity data in any manner necessary. They can easily assess a site’s behavior and dynamics during seasonal, diurnal, or synoptic variations over long periods of time without sacrificing their source data quality.

In order to deliver higher fidelity data to customers, WINDataNOW uses quality instrumentation that can deliver a more exact representation of the wind speed information to the WINDataNOW data acquisition system. The system is able to communicate wirelessly to a central server and deliver near-real time data to customers.

Because WINDataNOW uses OSIsoft’s industry leading PI System as its data repository, most utility and operating companies can use their live met data at its full fidelity just like any other data source that feeds their on-site PI System. This enables wind experts to interact with their data in familiar tools such as Excel, or PI ProcessBook. Met data can also feed directly into forecasting provider models and can be used to support rapid refresh.

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THE WINDATANOW HIGH FIDELITY MET TOWER DATA SYSTEM

Renewable energy, responsible natural resource management, and energy independence have become hot topics in politics, the marketplace, and on Main Street. Wind energy has long been the cornerstone of the renewable energy movement, and is easily the most visible and tangible of all the emerging renewable energy sources.While the prospect and promise of wind energy is attractive, the realities of effective energy production lie beneath the purview of the public’s eye. To help make wind energy a more viable component of the United States’ energy portfolio, the current administration has created grant programs to help spur innovation across a wide spectrum of wind energy topics. These include prospecting, equipment and farm design, forecasting, and energy management.

WINDataNOW Technologies, LLC (“WINDataNOW”) believes that significant opportunity exists for improvements in the operation of existing wind farms. Through the application of modern instrumentation and data collection techniques,

WINDataNOW believes that significant design and operating advantage can be achieved by developing a more rigorous understanding of how a wind resource behaves. From selecting the right location to maximizing the power output and stability of the grid – a detailed understanding of a wind resource and return significant efficiency and equipment availability gains in addition to insulating an operating company from the inherent penalty risks associated with bidding into today’s power markets.

Customer companies use WINDataNOW’s technology to get the meteorological data they need to make critical operating and resource assessment decisions with confidence. Applications of WINDataNOW’s technology are far reaching and include:
    • Optimal site selection and characterization
    • Using detailed meteorological data for reduction in forecast uncertainty to improve scheduling, planning, and operations
    • Understanding the wind turbulence profile of the site
    • Creating the ideal wind farm design for a particular site
WINDataNOW’s technology leverages the significant advantage of being able to fit in-place with existing systems and works right alongside all the usual operating information from industry standard SCADA systems. Using WINDataNOW’s technology, operating companies gain unparalleled insight into their operations on a minute by minute basis and can more predictably participate in their utility market.
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