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The first version of this wind resource map, published in 1980, was based on a synthesis of 12 regional assessments. The wind resource estimates were up dated in 1985 for many areas of the limited States, using new site data from approximately 300 locations. This map includes the updated estimates of the annual average wind resource at well-exposed locations throughout the United States.

United States Annual Average Wind Power

WIND RESOURCES

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Montana Wind Resources
Wind resources can be used with both large wind turbines for utility applications and with small wind turbines for on-site generation. As a renewable resource, wind is classified according to power classes, which are based on typical wind speeds. These classes range from class 1 (the lowest) to class 7 (the highest). In general, wind power class 3 or higher can be useful for generating wind power with large (utility-scale) turbines, and small turbines can be used at any wind speed. Class 4 and above are considered good resources. Parts of Montana have excellent wind resources.

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