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Energy Resource Estimation

Lincoln public works maintains about 60 weather stations along the roadways around the city. These stations provide local wind data used to predict wind energy production. We also use wind data from Clarus Initiative, which creates a Nationwide Surface Transportation Weather Observing and Forecasting System.

Photograph showing the weather station at 84th and Nebraska Highway 2, Lincoln NE Photograph showing close-up of the weather station at 84th and Nebraska Highway 2, Lincoln NE

Weather station at 84th & Nebraska Highway 2, Lincoln NE

The top bar chart depicts the average monthly wind speed in the year 2009 at the test site at 84th and Nebraska Highway 2, Lincoln, NE.  There is one bar for each month beginning with January.  The left axis represents meters per second beginning with 0 and ending with 8.  
The bottom bar chart depicts the estimated monthly average wind production for 2009 based on the average wind speed.  There is one bar for each month beginning with January.  The left axis represents kilowatt-hours beginning with 0 and ending with 350.

Wind energy estimation for 87th St & Nebraska Highway 2, Lincoln NE

This image is a map of the city of Lincoln, NE, with four roadway intersection weather stations identified:  Highway 77 and the West Bypass, 70th Street and Cornhusker Highway, 84th and Sandalwood, and 87th and Nebraska Highway 2 (near the test site).

Four weather stations at intersections in Lincoln

These four images depict the monthly wind speed variation during the year 2006 at the four roadway intersection weather stations identified on the previous map.  They are listed, from top to bottom as follows:
Highway 77 and the West Bypass:  The left-hand axis is miles per hour listed in increments of 5 beginning with 0 and ending with 15.
70th Street and Cornhusker Highway:  The left-hand axis is miles per hour listed in increments of 5 beginning with 0 and ending with 10.
84th and Sandalwood:  The left-hand axis is miles per hour listed in increments of 2 beginning with 0 and ending with 6.
87th and Nebraska Highway 2:  The left-hand axis is miles per hour listed in increments of 5 beginning with 0 and ending with 10.

2006 monthly wind speed variation at each site (mph)

These four images depict the monthly wind generation during the year 2006 at the four roadway intersection weather stations identified on the previous map.  They are listed, from top to bottom as follows:
Highway 77 and the West Bypass:  The left-hand axis is kilowatt-hours listed in increments of 200 beginning with 0 and ending with 400.
70th Street and Cornhusker Highway:  The left-hand axis is kilowatt-hours listed in increments of 50 beginning with 0 and ending with 150.
84th and Sandalwood:  The left-hand axis is kilowatt-hours listed in increments of 50 beginning with 0 and ending with 100.
87th and Nebraska Highway 2:  The left-hand axis is kilowatt-hours listed in increments of 200 beginning with 0 and ending with 600.

Monthly power generation for each site




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