Guest essay by Eric Worrall
At least one news outlet has noticed that renewable energy is exceptionally vulnerable to hurricanes and other extreme weather events. How will renewables power the future, if climate change produces more extreme weather?
Harvey Set to Overpower Wind in State Generating the Most
Storm could knock out between 2.1 and 3.6 gigawatts of power near the Texas coast
By Brian Eckhouse, Chris Martin, and Ryan Collins
26 August 2017, 04:59 GMT+10
One of the worst things that can happen to a wind farm is too much wind.
“The problem with this hurricane is they don’t see it trailing off in any direction so it’s just going to hover,” said Jeff Ferguson, the Magnolia, Texas-based senior vice president of project development at Apex Clean Energy Inc. “So it could be next week for the winds to diminish adequately so we can resume normal operations.”
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