Microgrids Get A Fresh Look

After the hurricanes the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. has seen this year, there’s been a lot of talk about stabilizing and improving the power grid to contend with major events. One idea is that of microgrids, which are used throughout Alaska and in other states to power business, industries, and communities, some of which […]

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Where Do Old Wind Turbine Blades Go To Die?

With wind turbines estimated to last between 20-25 years, some of the earliest turbines are coming due for decommissioning. As these aged turbines start to need replacing, there’s a question of what to do with them. Fortunately, many parts of the wind turbine are recyclable. The foundation, tower, gearbox and generator can all be recycled. […]

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Legalization Of Marijuana Is Impacting Power Consumption – And Not The Way You Expected

How’s this for an unintended side effect of so many states legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana? A dip in power consumption. While many thought that marijuana legalization would overwhelm the power grid, and we did see a spike in demand when states first legalized it, demand is leveling off for a totally unforeseen […]

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Yikes! Wind Turbine Fire Under Investigation, Reinforces Necessity Of Routine Inspections

In early June a wind turbine caught fire in Iowa. The fire caused the blades to disconnect and fall to the ground. While the cause of the fire was still unknown at the time of this post, it looks like mechanical failure is to blame. The fire started in the nacelle of the turbine, which is […]

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