Repowering Can Wait

Wagman, David
January 2008
Power Engineering;Jan2008, Vol. 112 Issue 1, p42
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the issue of repowering some aging wind farms in California. Some of the state's turbines have operated since the early 1980s when California was the premier wind power host of the U.S. There are many greenfield opportunities to be exploit in the country, but there are few incentives to repower existing sites. The reason is because repowering a wind power site can be almost as complex a process as building one from the beginning. Another factor to consider for repowering wind farms is whether or not sufficient transmission capacity exists for a repowered project. It also depends on incentives almost as much as greenfield development does.


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