Wow, coupled with the fact that most BigWind sites produce less than 40% of their actual capacity, this is disasterous news. Does anyone think global warming could be to blame? 🙂
US: In the first quarter of 2015, wind speeds in California and Texas were the lowest in 47 years, according to weather monitoring firm Vaisala.
In January, nearly all states west of the Rocky Mountains, west US, saw wind speeds at least 20% below their long-term monthly average. Some areas experienced wind speeds nearly 50% below usual in January….
Project developer Pattern Energy said the low wind speeds meant it lost 5% of its annual expected production in the first quarter in the western US and Texas…