Hurricane Irene and wind farms – no problem!

As Hurricane Irene tracked its way up across the eastern seaboard last week, there was a good deal of concern as to how the various wind farms in its path would fair.  A number of different wind farms from Delaware to Maine were exposed to Irene, and very few problems were reported.  CleanEnergy.org contacted eight different turbine operators running 76 individual turbines with a total capacity of 174 MW.  While most of the turbines had to be shut down during the storm, no damage was reported.  Several of the turbine operators hooked their turbines up to generators to allow for the yaw systems to keep turning the blades in the direction of the wind in the event the local power grid shut down.  You can read all about the individual wind farm reports and Hurricane Irene at CleanEnergy.org.

Hurricane Irene track across wind farms
Hurricane Irene track across wind farms
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