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Free Gearbox Webinar: Don’t blame factory defects for failures; with Danish Wind Power Academy

When wind turbine gearbox fails, are manufacturers really the ones to blame?

In New Energy Update’s next free webinar, they’ll show the critical mistakes many owners are still making in gearbox maintenance and how this is leading, still, to excessive costs and performance pressures.

Register for the webinar here now

Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 10:00am Central US 

Can’t make it live? Sign up now and they’ll send the full recordings to your inbox!

New Energy Update will be joined by key gearbox specialist Carsten Andersen, CEO, Danish Wind Power Academy, along with key clients and end-users to discuss:

  • Which poor O&M practices you and your teams are likely to be using and what strategies they should be using instead to maximize reliability
  • What essential insights North American wind operators, OEMs and ISPs can learn from long-term data and maintenance insights from across the European market
  • Why you should be looking to take advantage of the latest gearbox operating best practices to gain even higher AEP and portfolio revenues from extended gearbox lives right across all your assets

This webinar has been created to provide an invaluable resource to all O&M Managers, Plant/Site Managers and Techniciansjoin the webinar here now

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live – sign up anyway and I’ll send you the full recordings afterwards!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate the contact the webinar organizer directly using the details below.

Kerr Jeferies | kerr@newenergyupdate.com | +44 (0) 207 375 7565

2015 a Record Year for Wind Energy Production in United States


The AWEA Recently announced that in November of 2015, the United States reached the 70 gigawatts production milestone for the first time in its history.  This is great news for an industry that had plateaued over the last couple years with the uncertainty created by the government and clean energy tax credits.  The 50 and 60 gigawatt levels were achieved back in 2012.   2013 proved to be slower year for new wind energy projects, but that has changed in 2014, with over 8.3 billion dollars  invested.

Better Times Ahead

The momentum for 2015 and beyond is increasing for many reasons.  The first is the extensions of the Production Tax Credit and alternate Investment Tax Credit by Congress, which gives stability and predictability to the industry through at least 2019.  These credits make new wind energy projects more affordable, encouraging investment.

Another big reason is that wind energy prices have reached all time lows.  In order to be competitive in the energy market, wind energy has to make financial sense for the organizations buying and investing in energy.  With wind energy prices the lowest they have ever been, they are very competitive economically on the market.

More Progress to be Made

While 70 gigawatts of energy production is a great milestone for a budding industry, there is still a long way to go before wind energy is a viable alternative for U.S. residents.  At this point, energy produced by wind makes up only 5% of total U.S. energy consumption – meaning there is still great long-term potential for increases in wind energy production.

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Canada Builds Largest Wind Farm in Country’s History

Canada’s current installed wind capacity – canwea.ca

Last week, Cartier Wind Energy announced the Gros-Morne Phase II wind project is now operational.  Why is this a big deal?  Now that phase II is complete, the Gros-Morne wind farm is the largest in Canada, a country that is one of the world leaders in wind energy.  This project was awarded by the province of Québec as part of an effort to reach 1,000 Megawatts of new wind power capacity by the end of 2012.  The Gros-Morne wind farm alone will now generate 211.5 Megawatts, and can power up to 20,000 residences.

Québec is set to award more contracts in 2013, in an effort to add another 700 Megawatts of capacity.  In all, Canada is on pace to double their total wind capacity by the year 2014 – up to 10 Gigawatts of energy production.

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Great Wind Energy Infographics From the Department of Energy

Anyone who knows me knows that I love statistics.  Statistics are cold, hard, empirical facts that cannot be disputed.  Debates and discussions begin with opinions, but are settled with facts.  It is even better when  statistics are compiled and presented in a way that make them easy to understand and get a point across quickly.  This makes statistics more accessible to those of us who are, let’s say….less mathematically inclined.  Recently the United States Department of Energy created a suite of graphics that very quickly and succinctly outline the current state of the wind energy industry in America.  Take a look for yourself and enjoy!

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