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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.
UNITED STATES: Wind and solar PV reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in ten states in 2017, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
AUSTRALIA: Vestas will open a new renewable energy hub in Victoria, featuring a turbine manufacturing facility.
UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has launched a new ground-based blade inspection tool using thermal imaging and acoustic spectral analysis at Windpower Monthly's Blade O&M Forum in Texas.
HAMBURG 2018: New uses and benefits of digitalisation will emerge as the wind power industry's relationship with digital tools matures, according to the CEO of consultancy Totaro & Associates.
UK: The UK's Crown Estate has accepted eight offshore wind projects for investigation to potentially double their capacity.
HAMBURG 2018: Fewer injuries are being reported during wind farm construction and operations and maintenance (O&M), despite more hours being worked, according to a new report published at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.
NEW ZEALAND: Renewable energy sources generated 85% of total electricity production in the second quarter, its highest share of the mix since 1981, according to government data.
INDIA: Advisory and certification body DNV GL has opened a global operations and analytics centre for renewable assets in Bengaluru in the southern state of Karnataka.
One of the most common challenges faced by wind-farm portfolio owners in today's market is that of asset diversity. Diversity takes many forms within a portfolio -- asset age, wind-farm size, turbine technology, IT systems, service provision model, wind climate and location among them.
UNITED STATES: A recently released database of American wind turbines provides evidence that lifetimes of 20 years or more can easily be realised, with the oldest machines having been commissioned 37 years ago in 1981.
GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.
UNITED STATES: By 2018, almost a third of installed wind power capacity in the US will be at least a decade old -- a total of almost 25GW.
WORLDWIDE: The second half 2017 was difficult for many of the major OEMs with a drop off in the Indian market a key factor. Windpower Monthly takes a look at this trend and the other big stories from the second half of 2017.