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(Vermont Public Radio)   Georgia wind project online in time for tax credit, provided that the lights don't go out in Georgia   (vpr.net ) divider line
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2013-01-01 04:04:50 PM  
Yep, pretty much every utility was working doubletime in order to complete those wind projects. While the wind subsidy is small in terms of Federal budget items it's huge to most utilities. It's the only way they can put "clean wind" in without jacking rates sky high.
 
2013-01-01 04:21:53 PM  
If the lights go out in Georgia will I still be able to take the midnight train to there?
 
2013-01-01 04:31:29 PM  
Unfortunately for Georgia the project is on the Georgia mountain in Vermont. Ain't that a blow to subby's headline?
 
2013-01-01 04:40:10 PM  

Pentaxian: If the lights go out in Georgia will I still be able to take the midnight train to there?


Are you the Devil?
 
2013-01-01 04:58:37 PM  
My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.
 
2013-01-01 05:05:36 PM  
That's been on my mind
 
2013-01-01 05:18:27 PM  
Georgia the state is not windy.

energyforumonline.com

I just drove through the red part of Indiana a few weeks ago at night.  All of the windmill airplane warning lights blink at the same time which coupled with the flat land is a very odd scene.  To see 200+ red lights blinking in a perfect grid is quite cool.
 
2013-01-01 06:02:37 PM  

lousyskater: My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.


We used to go through this exercise on the utility side because the tax credits were always at risk for expiring every year.

FTA: "Many wind energy producers across the country were working to get projects online by the end of the year so they could take advantage of a federal tax credit. Efforts by Congress to extend the credit have failed."

But wind power is dead without those credits, so no more frantic calls come November trying to rush six months of work by December 31.
 
2013-01-01 06:55:55 PM  

StingerJ: lousyskater: My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.

We used to go through this exercise on the utility side because the tax credits were always at risk for expiring every year.

FTA: "Many wind energy producers across the country were working to get projects online by the end of the year so they could take advantage of a federal tax credit. Efforts by Congress to extend the credit have failed."

But wind power is dead without those credits, so no more frantic calls come November trying to rush six months of work by December 31.


Oddly enough, our customer here is looking to buy at least 50 more from us with or without the PTC this year. They really like our turbines.
 
2013-01-01 07:16:26 PM  
As a Georgian, let me suggest that we, as a State, make it a goal to harness stupidity for electrical power.
 
2013-01-01 09:31:24 PM  
Count me confused until I read the article and looked up "Georgia Mountain Vermont." Partly confused even after reading because there is a Milton, Georgia, too.
 
2013-01-01 10:21:47 PM  

lousyskater: My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.


Are you putting up the new GE 2.5's?  I was a performance analyst on the 1.5's years ago, got to work with some great install crews doing the reliability testing.  I'm wondering how the 2.5's are different for installation, what the hinkiness is with them.

/sometimes miss Wind.
//then I remember the office politics :/
 
2013-01-01 10:32:43 PM  

soze: lousyskater: My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.

Are you putting up the new GE 2.5's?  I was a performance analyst on the 1.5's years ago, got to work with some great install crews doing the reliability testing.  I'm wondering how the 2.5's are different for installation, what the hinkiness is with them.

/sometimes miss Wind.
//then I remember the office politics :/


Naw, I work for REpower. We've got 175 MM92's (2MW) out here where I work and will probably be putting in some more out here towards the end of this year. I'm a service technician for the company, so all of my work is field work troubleshooting and repairing the machines under a warranty contract for the customer(No maintenance for me!). Our 50 newest at this particular just finished Reliability last month. Went a lot smoother than the two projects before it here.
 
2013-01-01 11:23:44 PM  
In Georgia we are too busy paying for our nuclear plant that is under construction.
 
2013-01-01 11:30:53 PM  

lousyskater: soze: lousyskater: My company has been going balls out on getting 5 brand new wind projects up and running before today, and we managed to pull it off some how despite our limited manpower. We got well over 200 2MW turbines up and running over the course of the last 3-4 months or so. It's been pretty hectic.

Are you putting up the new GE 2.5's?  I was a performance analyst on the 1.5's years ago, got to work with some great install crews doing the reliability testing.  I'm wondering how the 2.5's are different for installation, what the hinkiness is with them.

/sometimes miss Wind.
//then I remember the office politics :/

Naw, I work for REpower. We've got 175 MM92's (2MW) out here where I work and will probably be putting in some more out here towards the end of this year. I'm a service technician for the company, so all of my work is field work troubleshooting and repairing the machines under a warranty contract for the customer(No maintenance for me!). Our 50 newest at this particular just finished Reliability last month. Went a lot smoother than the two projects before it here.


Coolness.  You get to see all different installations then, and don't have to deal with relubing a gearbox for the nth time.

Stay safe, cool, and warm up there in the towers.
 
2013-01-02 03:39:11 AM  
provided that the lights don't go out in Georgia
If the lights went out in Georgia, that would be a good thing - especially if it stops them from more theft of companies from other states.
 
2013-01-02 07:12:17 AM  
In before the backwoods southern lawyers...
 
2013-01-02 10:30:52 AM  
I hope no innocent men are hung in order to make this project happen.
 
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