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Wind Farms of a Certain Age Eyeing Surgery to Extend Lives

  • At least 10 gigawatts of U.S. turbines more than 10 years old
  • Idea that wind farms have 20-year lives ‘is ridiculous’
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The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

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Even for wind farms, middle age is a time for nips, tucks and sometimes replacement surgery.

At least 600 megawatts of U.S. wind farms have already undergone significant upgrades, primarily in California, and NextEra Energy Inc., the largest producer of North American wind power, said Thursday it expects to invest as much as $3 billion to upgrade or replace aging turbines at operating power plants through 2020.