News & Articles on Wind Energy

This is an archive of articles and news on both large and small wind turbines, wind energy & the environment, and links to topics on the history of wind energy.

I’ve been working with wind energy since 1976 and my professional experience in the subject runs the gamut from wind resource assessment to installing and testing small wind turbines. I continue to follow the industry and analyze its growth and increasing contribution to renewable electricity generation worldwide.

For newcomers to wind energy I’ve added pages from my previous books explaining terms used in the industry.

  • 200 Term Multilingual Lexicon: The lexicon translates English terms into five different languages: Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, and Italiano.
  • Glossary of Wind Energy Terminology: The glossary was written by Paul Gipe and Bill Canter in the late-1990s. I’ve added the glossary to my web site for both its historical content—many of the terms were in use during the 1980s and 1990s—and as a reference for the thousands of newcomers to the wind industry since it was first published.
James Blyth University Of Strathclyde

The Scots engineer who pioneered the wind turbine

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When James Blyth created what many believe was the world’s first wind turbine in 1887, villagers dismissed it as the “work of the devil”. The huge structure at Blyth’s family home in the Aberdeenshire village of Marykirk was built with four cloth sails and generated enough power to light 10 bulbs along with a small lathe. It is said that he offered to light the streets of the village with his electricity but the offer was shunned. Blyth’s vision of a future powered by wind only started to be realised many decades after his death

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Explanation for FloWind Blade Failures by an Eyewitness

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Paul Gipe

Because of my critical articles on Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines, Wind Harvest’s Kevin Wolf contacted me with background on what failed …

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Niels Borre’s Checkered Past Landed in California’s Salinas Valley

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Paul Gipe

I fell down another rabbit hole when Klaus Rockenbauer at Global-Windphotos posted images of a group of mystery wind turbines …

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Mystery Wind Turbines of the Salinas Valley Wind Rush–Solved

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Paul Gipe

During the heyday of the Great California Wind Rush in the early to mid 1980s, there were a handful of …

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38th Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi 18 May 2024

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Paul Gipe

Tehachapi Windmill-Wildflower Hike 2024 38th hike Paul Gipe and Georgette Theotig will lead a hike among the wind turbines on …

Smith Putnam 1,000 Kw Wind Turbine Atop Granpa's Knob, Vermont On 30 August 1941. Archives Of Carl Wilcox. Note That The Blades On The Downnwind, Flapping Rotor Are Feathered.

Smith-Putnam Operating Hours and Generation

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Paul Gipe

“The turbine ran until March 26 when it threw a blade at 3.10 am. During this time it generated 61,780 …