Texas Wind Turbine Hurricane Assessment Still Unknown

Texas Wind Turbine Hurricane Assessment Still Unknown
 
August 28,2017
Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane near Rockport Texas. Assuredly a number of turbines have been turned off due to local grid failures. The storm entered the Region near Corpus Christ Friday night August 25, 2017

There have been thousands of pictures of people, buildings, vehicles in the news for days but no pictures of wind turbines. With the massive investment by federal taxpayers into wind turbine projects, you would think the news media would report good, bad or indifferent news on the condition of the wind farms

Federal tax credits have provided incentives for wind production, and many states have adopted mandates for renewables. Tax credits reduce the amount of income tax you owe to the federal and state governments. Other taxpayers pay to make up the different kind of a transfer of wealth.

Wind turbines have been billed as the big bad bear in the climate change gambit. The United States news media has a long history of only reporting good news about commercial wind and ignoring bad news.

The Texas hurricane may or may not show how wind installations are exceptionally vulnerable to weather.

Texas has about 2.1 gigawatts is directly along the coast.

Texas wind projects in megawatts

Harbor Wind----------9 MW
Papalote Creek I------180 MW
Papalote Creek II ----200 MW
Baffin -----------------188 MW
Penascal I -------------202 MW
Penascal II ------------201 MW
Pattern Gulf ----------283 MW
Magic Valley ---------203 MW

Los Vientos Wind 1A -200 MW
Los Vientos Wind1B --202 MW
Cameron 1 --------------165 MW

View wind turbine production

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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 28, 2017 at 12:14pm

Texas easily boasts the most wind capacity among U.S. states, about 21 gigawatts, or one-quarter of national capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. A majority of the wind is located in western Texas, which Genscape Inc. expects won’t be greatly affected by Harvey.

The 3.6 gigawatts of capacity installed in the south power zone of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a different matter. About 2.1 gigawatts is directly along the coast.

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 28, 2017 at 12:11pm

So your hybrid is under water.....just dry it off and drive away....oh, won't start and you get a shock when you try to touch it.....read the warranty and it's null and void......Flood insurance doesn't cover it....oh my!

my propane generator works just fine.

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 28, 2017 at 12:08pm

This is a very serious blow to the marketing campaign of the wind industry:

Hurricane Harvey Threatens Texas Wind Farms — With Too Much Wind

Aug 26, 2017


One of the worst things that can happen to a wind farm is too much wind.

Hurricane Harvey was packing top winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) an hour on Saturday, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. That’s more than twice the 55 miles-an-hour speed that prompts many turbines to shut off. The result: The storm could knock out between 2.1 and 3.6 gigawatts of power near the Texas coast, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Wind-farm operators have been bracing for days. Avangrid Inc., the New Haven, Connecticut-based power company, evacuated all personnel from its wind farm complex on the South Texas coast, a spokesman said in an email.

“The problem with this hurricane is they don’t see it trailing off in any direction so it’s just going to hover,” said Jeff Ferguson, the Magnolia, Texas-based senior vice president of project development at Apex Clean Energy Inc. “So it could be next week for the winds to diminish adequately so we can resume normal operations.”

Production was set to peak in the late afternoon Friday and taper off as turbines automatically begin to shut down, according to Simon Mahan, a director at Southern Wind Energy Association. Turbines generally aren’t designed for hurricane risk, said Alex Morgan, a New York-based analyst at BNEF.

“They’ll pitch down and yaw into the wind, which allows them to safely pinwheel,” said John Martinez, director of operation at Pattern Energy Group Inc., which owns the 283-megawatt Gulf Wind farm in Kenedy County. “This way the blades don’t flex, which can be damaging. The turbines are designed to automatically do that.”

Least Worrisome

Wind power may be the least of the region’s power-market worries. If hundreds of thousands of people lose power as is expected, it doesn’t matter whether the wind farms are running or not, because they’d have nowhere to send the electricity generated. It’s the very reason why power and gas are trading down.

“With gas plentiful and load down, I suspect the lack of wind won’t matter at all,” Cody Moore, the Houston-based president of BioUrja Group’s power trading division. “I’d be more concerned with the safety of the turbines than any need for load.”

Texas easily boasts the most wind capacity among U.S. states, about 21 gigawatts, or one-quarter of national capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. A majority of the wind is located in western Texas, which Genscape Inc. expects won’t be greatly affected by Harvey.

The 3.6 gigawatts of capacity installed in the south power zone of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a different matter. About 2.1 gigawatts is directly along the coast.

“As that storm starts coming onshore, there’s a good chance winds will exceed 55 miles per hour,” Michaella Farese, a Boston-based meteorologist and demand forecaster at Genscape, said in an interview Friday.


Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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