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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Division of Renewable Energy
Wind Energy

Kentucky homeowners and small businesses may find it economically advantageous to use wind power if they have a site where the average wind speeds are strong enough.  An ideal site for a wind generator is 20 feet above any surrounding objects within a 250-foot radius, with average wind speeds of at least nine miles per hour. Steady wind is better than gusty conditions because a small difference in wind speed has a major effect on the amount of wind power available.

In general, Kentucky has low wind speeds and, therefore, limited wind energy potential. However, there may be specific sites and applications where wind is a cost-effective option.

Kentucky is working with Tennessee to study the development of wind resources in both states.  

KY-TN Model wind ordinance developed by the Tennessee Valley Eastern Kentucky Wind Working Group.

A guide for small wind for Kentucky and Tennessee

House Bill 291 passed during the 2014 General Assembly and establishes criteria for siting merchant electric generating facilities such as wind turbines and establishes requirements for public meetings to inform and answer questions about proposed facility construction project. A merchant electric generating facility, together with all associated structures and facilities, is one that is capable of operating at an aggregate capacity of 10 megawatts (10MW) or more and sells the electricity in the wholesale market at rates and charges not regulated by the Public Service Commission.

WINDExchange

WINDExchange is the US Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program's platform for disseminating credible information about wind energy. The purpose of WINDExchange is to help communities weigh the benefits and costs of wind energy, understand the deployment process, and make wind development decisions supported by the best available information.

Better Understand Wind Energy Development

Wind Maps and Wind Resources

Kentucky Wind Map

How do wind turbines work?

U.S. Consumer's Guide to Small Wind Electric Systems

Evaluating a Possible Site

A Handbook for Wind Siting