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GE Blocked From Selling Huge Offshore Turbine in US By Judge

  • Redesign of Haliade-X, appeal under consideration by company
  • Key wind farms off New Jersey, Massachusetts coasts spared
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General Electric Co. was blocked by a federal judge in Boston from making or selling its massive Haliade-X offshore wind turbines in the US, dealing a fresh blow to the conglomerate’s struggling renewable energy division.

US District Judge William Young late Wednesday granted an injunction requested by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA after a jury in June found that GE’s design infringed a patent held by the Spanish manufacturer, capping a lengthy legal battle between the wind-power heavyweights. Young’s ruling, however, allows two wind projects underway in the coastal waters off New Jersey and Massachusetts to continue as planned with GE’s turbines.