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Emerging Markets: Advise to New Investors

Renewable energy – and wind energy in particular – is increasingly becoming a global industry. More and more investors and developers are looking beyond the traditional European and U.S. markets, towards the emerging markets of Asia, Latin...

Small Slip Rings are a Big Deal

When most people think of wind turbines, bigger components like motors and blades immediately come to mind. Smaller components, on the other hand, are often overlooked. However, it’s those small components that can make or break a system. A...

U.S. Desert Plan (DRECP) Hurts Building Renewable Energy Projects in California

While California has a lot to offer any wind energy developer, pending legislation may soon change that dramatically. DRECP was designed to help protect the state’s environment but may actually set its progress back considerably. What Is the...

DOE’s Competitiveness Improvement Projects are Delivering Substantial Cost Reductions in the U.S. Distributed Wind Industry

Cost reductions, more reliable technology, and consumer friendly business models are making distributed generation (DG) more accessible to customers interested in producing their own electricity. However, since 2010, the U.S. market for distributed...

Practical Solutions for In Service Pitch Bearing Issues

Multiple wind turbine failure databases reveal that pitch bearings are one of the subassemblies with the highest failure rates, and largest contributors to overall downtime.  The average life of a pitch bearing varies by manufacturer, turbine,...

Using Wind Energy Efficiently: Hybrid Tower for Greater Yield

With every additional meter of hub height added to a wind turbine, the annual energy yield increases by 0.5 to 1 percent. Reduced wind turbulence resulting in significantly better wind yield speaks in favor of hub heights over 130 meters, especially...

Significant Growth on the Horizon for US Offshore Wind

After a slow start, development of the US’s significant offshore wind resources is now truly up and running, with twelve projects in advanced stages of development nationwide. Indeed, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimating its...

How Well Do You Really Know Your Safety?

When it comes to safety, are you on the cusp of epic greatness, or on a one-way electrical highway to disaster? We challenge you to take the following quiz to determine your safety knowledge.   You remove your rubber gloves from a...

Keeping Pandora’s Box Closed

Successfully Executing a Change in Operations and Maintenance Service Strategy Renewable energy asset owners are frustrated with the perceived lack of control, flexibility, and transparency they receive from an original equipment manufacturer...

Widening the Scope of Due Diligence

Renewable energy markets around the world are in flux; costs are being driven down, and as a result governments and consumers expect to see significant reductions in the financial support given to renewable energy projects. The increasing use of...

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