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

Utility-Scale Wind And Solar Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study measures the levelized cost of energy from various technologies and suggests that the costs of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

The Ontario government says the nearly four-year-old offshore wind moratorium will remain in place until the province fully understands the technology’s impact on the environment.


Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.


Sen. Reid Vows To Bring Wind PTC To A Vote By Year's End

Nevada's senior senator provides some encouragement to wind industry advocates during his annual Clean Energy Summit.


Steadily, Wind Turbine OEMs Resume R&D Investment

An increased commitment to research and development will likely lead to wind energy innovation - not to mention a likely increase in patent-protected technology.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Future Energy_id2008
UnitedEquip_id1995