Wind

Technical articles and commentary on wind power generation issues for power plant owners and operators, from siting to financing and operating


Europe’s Offshore Wind Race
Europe’s Offshore Wind Race

Denmark in September inaugurated a 209-MW offshore wind park — the world’s largest to date — off the west coast of Jutland, in the North Sea. Owned 60% by Vattenfall…


Top Plants: Goodman Energy Center, Hays, Kansas
Top Plants: Goodman Energy Center, Hays, Kansas

Owner/operator: Midwest Energy Inc. Midwest Energy has a history of thinking and acting independently, especially since breaking away from the Rural Utilities Service almost 15 years ago. Two years ago,…


Floating and Flying Wind Turbines
Floating and Flying Wind Turbines

After months of preparation, Norway’s StatoilHydro and Germany’s Siemens in June erected the world’s first large-scale floating deepwater wind turbine some 7 miles offshore Karmøy, southeast Norway, on the 720-feet-deep…


The Odd Couple: Renewables and Transmission
The Odd Couple: Renewables and Transmission

The tension between the growing number of renewable energy projects and limited transmission capacity is reflected in Washington’s legislative agenda of establishing a national renewable portfolio standard and new transmission…


"Smart Turbine Blades" to Improve Wind Power
"Smart Turbine Blades" to Improve Wind Power

Engineers at Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories have developed a technique that uses sensors and computational software to constantly monitor forces exerted on wind turbine blades. Their achievement could…


Gone with the Wind

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, speaking in Atlantic City on April 6, added more hot air to the discussion about offshore wind when he stated that windmills off the…


Turkey Opens Electricity Markets as Demand Grows
Turkey Opens Electricity Markets as Demand Grows

Turkey’s growing power market has attracted investors and project developers for over a decade, yet their plans have been dashed by unexpected political or financial crises or, worse, obstructed by…