in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

On the night of April 2, a GE blade broke off at the Wildcat 1 wind farm in Indiana. E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America owns the 200 MW wind farm, which came online in late 2012 and features 125 GE 1.6 MW turbines.

Lindsay Theile, a GE spokesperson, says the company is initiating a root cause analysis of the event. In December 2013, GE had blamed a "spar cap manufacturing anomaly" for blade breaks at the Orangeville Wind Farm in New York and Echo Wind Park in Michigan. However, Theile suggests the Wildcat 1 incident was likely weather related.

“Early signs indicate that lightning was the cause from the severe storm that went through the area,” she says, later adding, “[O]ur process is to assign a team to perform a thorough investigation to identify the root cause, take appropriate corrective action and bring the turbine back online as soon as possible. The quality and availability of our wind turbines is of utmost importance to us. With any event such as this, our goal is to focus on resolving it with our customers quickly, safely and effectively.”

EC&R North America declined to comment.




Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Alberta Breaks Wind Power Record, Then Does It Again

Last week, the Alberta Electric System Operator recorded new wind production peaks in the Canadian province - highlighting how well the grid integrated the renewable energy.


Federal Appeals Court Finds Obama's Wind Farm Decision Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. government violated the constitutional rights of Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. when ordering the divestment of four Oregon wind farms.


Renewables Make Up Over 50% Of New U.S. Power In First Half Of 2014

According to a recent government report, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, continue to dominate new electric generating capacity.


Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing 'The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow'

The turbine manufacturer’s Elgin, Ill.-based training facility is the culmination of a program that puts a new twist on a proven method of instruction.


Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes issue with a recent report summary regarding various renewable energy policies in North America.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Navigant_id1983
Canwea_id1984