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  • Main Title Wind resource assessment: San Nicolas Island, California


  • Author: McKenna, E.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)
  • Author: Olsen, T.L.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Timothy L. Olsen Consulting, (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Midwest Research Inst., Kansas City, MO (United States)
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 1996-01-01


  • English


  • Content Description: San Nicolas Island (SNI) is the site of the Navy Range Instrumentation Test Site which relies on an isolated diesel-powered grid for its energy needs. The island is located in the Pacific Ocean 85 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California and 65 miles south of the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), Point Mugu, California. SNI is situated on the continental shelf at latitude N33{degree}14` and longitude W119{degree}27`. It is approximately 9 miles long and 3.6 miles wide and encompasses an area of 13,370 acres of land owned by the Navy in fee title. Winds on San Nicolas are prevailingly northwest and are strong most of the year. The average wind speed is 7.2 m/s (14 knots) and seasonal variation is small. The windiest months, March through July, have wind speeds averaging 8.2 m/s (16 knots). The least windy months, August through February, have wind speeds averaging 6.2 m/s (12 knots).
  • Physical Description: 103 p.


  • Keyword: Pacific Ocean
  • Keyword: Resource Assessment
  • Keyword: San Nicolas Island
  • Keyword: Wind Power
  • Keyword: Wind Resource Assessment
  • Keyword: California
  • Keyword: Islands
  • Keyword: Data Wind Resource Assessment
  • STI Subject Categories: 17 Wind Energy
  • Keyword: Wind


  • Other Information: PBD: Jan 1996


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE96000515
  • Report No.: NREL/TP--442-20231
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • DOI: 10.2172/205058
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 205058
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc664955


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE96000515