Archives February 2016


February 2016


Supporting Problem Resolution in O&M with Temporary Instrumentation

The purpose of a measurement system is to provide the quantitative data necessary to make educated decisions. In the wind energy sector, temporary measurement methods are often utilized with wind turbines due to the large scale of components, remote location, and dozens of turbines making up a single wind power plant. The measurements, analysis, and […]
Becki Meadows, Dr. Zhiwei Zhang, Jesse Graeter

Key Factors in Successful Wind Farm Operations

The organization of how things get done between the OEM, subcontractor, and owner can be quite different from wind farm to wind farm, but no matter what type of organization is in place or how old the site is, the main goal of wind farm operations is to have all of the turbines running anytime […]
Jack Wallace

Laufer Wind’s Radar-Activated Obstruction Lighting System Meets FAA Performance

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) testing and introduction of new performance guidelines, Laufer Wind is now making its patented Aircraft Detection System (ADS) available in the United States. The ADS is a radar-activated obstruction lighting system designed to turn blinking lights atop wind turbines and tall towers on or off based on the presence […]
Wind Systems staff

Wind Energy Impacted by New Federal Aviation Administration Regulations

As wind energy evolved in the United States and turbines appeared in trafficked airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked to adapt existing regulations governing aviation obstruction lighting and marking to a new dynamic in vertical structures — rotating blades. A new FAA Advisory Circular (70/7460-1L) published in December 2015 illustrates an intensified effort to […]
Jason Fohr


RES Americas Completes 110MW Project In Texas

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in North America, recently announced commercial operation of the Keechi Wind Project in Jack County, Texas. Construction of the 110 MW Keechi Wind Project commenced in December 2013 and commercial operation began on January […]
March 3, 2015

Iberdrola USA And UIL Holdings To Merge

The boards of directors of Iberdrola S.A. and Iberdrola USA have approved a combination of Iberdrola USA with UIL Holdings.This friendly transaction, recommended by UIL’s board of directors, which will be effected via merger, will allow UIL shareholders to receive 18.5% of the share capital of the combined company plus $597 million in cash, representing […]
March 3, 2015

Availon Announces Growth In Vestas O&M

Availon, a leading independent wind turbine O&M service provider, recently announced today the addition of over 100 MW of Vestas turbine generators to its O&M service portfolio. These strong results underpin the success of Availon’s technology diversification strategy, which has been deployed internationally over the last few years.  Although the company is often regarded mainly […]
March 3, 2015

Pattern Energy Releases 4Q And Annual 2014 Financials

Pattern Energy Group Inc. recently announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Highlights from the financial results: – Cash available for distribution (CAFD) of $62.1 million, up 46% – Adjusted EBITDA of $198.1 million, up 40% – Proportional GWh sold of 2,915 GWh, up 65% – Revenue of $265.5 […]
March 3, 2015

Nordex Secures 17 MW Order In Poland

RWE Innogy has ordered seven N117/2400 wind turbines from Nordex for the 17-MW Opalenica project in Poland. The wind turbines are to be installed in summer 2015. The company has also signed a 15-year premium service contract for the turbines. “We are pleased to be able to build our seventh wind farm in Poland with […]
February 13, 2015

Vestas Strengthens Its Market Leading Position With 36 MW Order In Poland

Vestas has secured a firm and unconditional order for 12 of its V112-3.0 MW turbines for a project located in the region of Lodzkie, Poland.  The order has been placed by a private Polish investor. The contract includes delivery, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, which is expected to occur during the third and fourth […]
February 13, 2015

Gamesa To Supply 92 MW For Chinese Projects

Gamesa has signed two new contracts in China, one to supply 50 MW to Hebei Construction & Investment Group, and another to supply 42 MW to the Chinese wind farm developer UPC. The scope of the agreement with HCIG encompasses the supply, installation and commissioning of 25 of Gamesa’s G97-2.0 MW turbines, at the Nandianziliang […]
February 13, 2015

Enel Green Power Selects Vestas To Supply Further U.S. Wind Projects

Enel Green Power, acting through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. , has extended the framework agreement signed at the end of 2013 with Vestas for the development of wind farms in the United States. The 2013 agreement, which provided for the supply of Vestas wind turbines, supported and will continue to support […]
February 13, 2015