AWEA Issues Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report

LCG, February 7, 2020--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 5,476 MW of electric generating capacity during the fourth quarter, which results in 2019 installations totaling 9,143 MW. The total installations represent an increase over 2018, but the total for 2019 falls short of total annual installations for 2015 and 2016. In addition to new capacity additions, developers completed 2,500 MW of turbine repowerings for the year.

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Northern India Blacked Out Most of Yesterday

LCG, Jan. 3, 2001When a substation near the Indian city of Kanpur failed at 3:10 yesterday morning, it triggered a chain of events that took 15,500 megawatts of power off the regional grid and left nearly half of the huge nation without electric power until the early evening.

By 4:45 a.m., India's entire northern grid had collapsed, cutting off power to the internal divisions of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan an area about 1,000 miles wide and 1,000 miles high.

Major cities affected were Delhi and the national capital of New Delhi, Jodhpur, Kanpur and Lucknow. In New Delhi, government officials were deprived of electricity at work and at home, instantly spawning an official inquiry into the cause of the failure and to fix responsibility.

Power Minister Suresh Prabhu said there were "technical reasons" for the failure, but did not rule out sabotage. "I don't want to prejudge the issue," he told reporters.

When the substation failed, a number of transmission lines shut down. Soon, all transmission lines carrying power from major plants in eastern Uttar Pradesh to the western portion of the grid went out of service, taking with them power plants to which they were connected.

According to Prabhu, a stand-by system also failed repeatedly. He said that it wasn't until noon that two plants were synchronized to the grid and generation of about 2,500 megawatts was finally achieved at around 4:00 p.m.

It was after 4:00 p.m. before two natural gas-fueled turbines belonging to the Delhi Vidyut Board began supplying power in New Delhi.

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