Environment & Energy Report

Too Much Wind? Harvey Could Overpower Texas Wind Generation

Aug. 28, 2017, 11:44 AM

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 an hour Aug. 26, 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...

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