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The Wind ENergy Data and Information (WENDI) Gateway: New information and analysis tools for wind energy stakeholders

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011: 4:15 PM
The Wind ENergy Data and Information (WENDI) Gateway: New information and analysis tools for wind energy stakeholders
4C-2 (Washington State Convention Center)
Dale Kaiser, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN; and G. Palanisamy, S. Santhana-Vannan, Y. Wei, T. Smith, M. Starke, B. Wilson, and L. Wibking

In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has launched the Wind ENergy Data & Information (WENDI) Gateway (http://windenergy.ornl.gov). The WENDI Gateway is intended to serve a broad range of wind-energy stakeholders by providing easy access to a large amount of wind energy-related data and information through its two main interfaces: the Wind Energy Metadata Clearinghouse and the Wind Energy Geographic Information System (WindGIS). The Metadata Clearinghouse is a powerful, customized search tool for discovering, accessing, and sharing wind energy-related data and information. Its database of metadata records points users to a diverse array of wind energy-related resources: from technical and scientific journal articles to mass media news stories; from annual government and industry reports to downloadable datasets, and much more. Through the WindGIS, users can simultaneously visualize a wide spectrum of United States wind energy-related spatial data, including wind energy power plant locations; wind resource maps; state-level installed wind capacity, wind generation, and renewable portfolio standards; transmission lines; transportation infrastructure; renewable energy interconnection standards; land ownership, designation, and usage; and various ecological data layers. In addition, WindGIS allows users to download much of the data behind the layers.