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Deepwater survives Stella session

70 mile an hour winds result in temporary power down at 30MW project

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Deepwater Wind’s 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm was powered down for a short time this week as winds reached up to 70 miles per hour during a storm.

The operator of the US’ first offshore wind farm said the project operated at full capacity for the bulk of storm Stella, apart for several hours when wind speeds exceeded 55 mph.

“That’s the designated high-wind limit when the wind farm is designed to automatically power down and feather its blades until winds calm,” Deepwater said.

“During that automatic shutdown, the wind farm successfully weathered winds that topped out at approximately 70 miles an hour,” it added.

Once wind speeds fell below the 55 mph threshold, the wind farm powered back up and resumed normal operations, the company said.

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