We would like to thank the following individuals for their many contributions to this project.UMD students Nick Salo, Nick Entinger, Janelle Stauff, Nicole Hynum and Melissa Wenker forall their work on the project. We would also like to thank UMD’s Linda Klint and Kirsten Lienfor their work on project budgets, invoinces and accounting. As well as the Minnnesota CoastalZone’s Karla Sundberg and Pat Collins for their advice and guidance over the entire course of the project. Finally, we would like to thank our numerous community partners from eachmonitoring site for their support, cooperation, interest and past/current/future wind developmententhusiasm and planning.This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake SuperiorCoastal Program. We would also like to thank the U of MN’s Northeast Region SustainableDevelopment Partnership (NMSDP), Minnesota’s NE Region Clean Energy Resource Teams(CERTS), and UMD’s College of Liberal Arts for critical matching project funds.
Wind development is one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry today. Under theright conditions it can be a large and sustainable local economic development opportunity.Current wind resource estimates (i.e. MN DOC) for the Lake Superior Coastal Zone indicate thatwe have a poor wind resource not suitable for development. These wind resource estimates arebased on climatological modeling, and are no substitute for site-specific measurements. Weessentially wanted to verify current wind resource estimates with site-specific monitoring, andexplore the economic viability of wind development in our region.The overall project was designed to achieve three primary objectives: 1. Obtain a minimum of one years worth of quality wind speed data from eight sites (Duluth, Clover Valley, Silver Bay,Finland, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Hovland and Grand Portage) along the Northshore of LakeSuperior; 2. Use this site-specific wind speed data to create a wind resource map for the entireregion to include several key overlays (topography, roads, transmission, bird migrations); 3. Usethis wind speed data to conduct community-scale wind development economic feasibilitystudies, and determine the direct, indirect and induced (employment) economic impactsassociated with potential future wind development in Southern St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties.
Objective I: Wind MonitoringII. Methods
A. Site Selection:
Our study began with the process of selecting appropriate sites for monitoring the wind. The keycriteria dictating site selection included the following: 1. We needed an existing structure thatcould be climbed and was at least 100 feet tall; 2. We were looking for monitoring sitesassociated with prominent peaks; 3. We needed year round road access to each site; 4. Weneeded a set of sites that were equally spaced along the Northshore; 5. We needed permission to