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Atlantic City Windfarm withstands force of Hurricane Sandy

Turbines are being brought back online as site assessment progresses


Three of the Jersey Atlantic Wind farm’s 1.5 Mw GE turbines at Atlantic County Utilities Authority Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City were back in operation Thursday afternoon (November 1, 2012) as technicians near completion of a careful assessment of the site following Hurricane Sandy, which tore through Atlantic City Monday, October 28 through October 30. Wind farm Field Supervisor Dale Hollinger reports that there was no physical damage to the five turbines. 


Anticipating the storm, the turbines were put into “hurricane mode” Sunday morning (October 28), electrically locking out the turbines, taking them off line and powering up the standby generator that controls the yaw of the nacelles. This enables the turbines to rotate so that they face into the wind with the least resistance to the gale forces.


Data collected from the turbines indicated sustained winds of approximately 64 mph, with higher gusting, which was not captured by data collected, very likely.


When the storm had passed, Infigen Energy staff returned to begin a thorough assessment of the structures and electrical connections. High water levels may have caused some difficulties with data relay from the substations on site, but we’re pleased hear from Matthew McGowan, Asset Management and Development Director of Infigen Energy that the turbines are in “good shape” and that any minor issues should be worked out in the next few days.


The ACUA had approximately 25,000 additional visits to this website between Sunday and Tuesday.  The most viewed page was ACUA’s Wind Farm Web Cam, which is a resource not only for residents looking for a glimpse of real time weather conditions, but also a draw for renewable energy professionals from across the globe who logged on to view the scene via the webcam.


Visits to the website by country over the 3 day period (top 10 ranking):

1. United States              14,943

2. United Kingdom            1,573

3. Canada                         1,420

4. Germany                       1,110

5. Poland                             741

6. France                             454

7. Italy                                 437

8. Brazil                               383

9. Netherlands                    333

10. Russia                           316


From the US, visits to the website by state over the 3 day period (top 10 ranking):

1. New Jersey                  3,130

2. Pennsylvania               1,947

3. New York                     1,215

4. Florida                            848

5. California                       745

6. Texas                             545

7. North Carolina               442

8. Virginia                          436

9. Maryland                       430

10. Ohio                             428


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