Archive for May, 2007

A Hot Windy Day

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Much of the conventional wisdom about wind says that you don’t get any production during heat waves. While this is party true – winter winds are much stronger – it is not entirely true. Yesterday was a good example.


Turbine Availability

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

I don’t get it. There are hundreds of turbines on the ground in North America, awaiting permits to be erected. Every wind publication you open talks about a new factory being announced or opened in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Fort Erie, the Gaspe, Oklahoma, or Colorado and expansions of factories are routine. The production capacity of the wind industry must surely be expanding at a rapid rate. The largest markets, such as Germany or Spain, are maturing, and will be lucky to install as much wind this year as they did last year.

The Value of Diversity

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

It was a good production day in Ferndale yesterday.  From noon until midnight, the wind farm produced at an average of about 90% of its capacity.


Offshore Potential for Eastern US

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Sometimes it is worthwhile to dream big.  And there was an article in North American Windpower about a study on offshore wind potential in the Mid Atlantic Bight, that runs from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod on the Eastern seaboard of the US, that does just that.


Production Update April 2007

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

April was another windy month in a string of windy months. As expected, the output began to decline from the windy winter months, but the wind farm still had a strong showing.