Wind Energy in California
Find wind data and information in California, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.
Capacity & Generation
Installed Capacity 5,885 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market ReportSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.
WETO R&D Projects
To view a list of wind research and development projects in California funded by DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, visit the Wind R&D Projects Map and select California from the dropdown menu.
Wind Education & Training
Career training and projects at schools in California.
Wind for Schools Project Locations
Policies & Incentives
26 local wind energy ordinances
California Offices & Organizations
The California Energy Commission hosts this website that provides wind energy statistics and data, an introduction to wind energy for kids, wind resource maps, and details on the state's renewable energy programs.
CalWEA is a non-profit corporation supported by members of the wind energy industry, including turbine manufacturers, project developers and owners, component suppliers, support contractors, and others.
Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.
The Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focuses on renewable power generation. Although the research emphasis is wind and solar power, much of the work is crosscutting and applicable to a range of renewable energy technologies. The majority of the laboratory's work lies within the following four core areas: renewable energy policy analysis and assistance; cost, benefit, and market analysis; grid operations and infrastructure impacts; and public acceptance.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers the following wind research facilities to meet industry needs:
- -The High-Performance Computing Innovation Center, which provides companies with access to supercomputers, software, and domain expertise, as well as practiced guidance on the application of advanced computing technologies. From design simulations to analysis, the Center can help the wind energy industry with forecasting, computational modeling, software improvement, data analytics, and engineering design
- -The Site 300 Testing Facility, a 7,000-acre experimental test site located in the complex terrain of California’s Altamont Pass wind resource area. The site’s geographic location makes it ideal for wind resource studies.
The California Wind Energy Collaborative was established in 2002 to provide a centralized state-level forum for wind power issues. It was initially a partnership of the University of California and the California Energy Commission and is now housed on the University of California, Davis campus.