In the aftermath of Sandy, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is examining the impacts of the hurricane to extreme weather and climate change.
According to their blog, about 3,500 megawatts of wind turbine capacity was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Although, it wasn’t expected to cause much damage to the wind turbines. And so far, it hasn’t.
All of the wind turbines in Hurricane Sandy’s path did not suffer any catastrophic failure. In fact, the University of Delaware’s 2-megawatt turbine was prepared before the storm, having its blades feathered flat so it wouldn’t spin at high velocity.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, “It appears that Hurricane Sandy has had some, but minimal, impact on the wind turbines in its path, according to early reports this week from several operators of East Coast wind farms, most of which started generating electricity again after the storm passed.”