Hurricane Iselle no big deal to Hawaii’s wind farms

Iselle (2014) now joins likes of Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), as a case study showing that wind turbines can withstand tropical storms and hurricanes. It’s been a while since the United States has been hit by a Category 3 hurricane, or higher. Let’s hope that trend continues.

Superstorm Sandy’s warning about our future

This is a guest post by Frank Knapp, President and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBC). This was originally posted on the SCSBC blog, UnConflicted, here. Today is the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy that devastated the New York and New Jersey coastal communities.  Sandy wasn’t a hurricane [at [...]

Building Community Resiliency for Hurricane Season

This Saturday marks the beginning of hurricane season, the six month period between June 1 and November 30 that typically ushers in the bulk of Atlantic hurricanes.  The season’s opening day is a good opportunity to reflect on the significance of hurricanes, climate change, and what our role is in it all. With freak storms [...]

Hurricane Season Draws to Close, Sandy Begs for Action

November 30–the day that many of us in the coastal Southeast can breathe a sigh of relief that hurricane season finally “officially” ends.  Many of us can give thanks that we came through yet another hurricane season without too much damage, while others of us may still be recovering from impacts from one of the [...]

Global Warming Matters This Election, Stupid

This blog is the third in a series of blogs examining the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and its connections to extreme weather and climate change. Other blogs can be read here. Once again extreme weather and its devastating impacts are dominating the headlines.  Following the march of destruction, the tragic loss of human life and [...]

Hurricane Sandy and the Clear Imperative of Climate Action

This blog is the second in a series of blogs examining the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and its connections to extreme weather and climate change. Other blogs can be read here. It is 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours since the ‘Frankenstorm’ Hurricane Sandy  made landfall along the coast of New Jersey.  As [...]

Will Hurricane Sandy Affect Wind Farms?

But here’s the good news – Hurricane Sandy is unlikely to do any major damage to wind turbines. Currently, Sandy is expected to hit the coast as a low-level Category 1 storm with winds around 80 miles per hour. Modern wind turbines are designed to protect themselves in extreme weather – including shutting down when winds get too high, even up to a Category 3 hurricane. And that’s exactly what the turbines in Delaware and New Jersey did with Hurricane Irene last year.