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World’s First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Achieves 65% Capacity Factor After 3 Months

Statoil recently announced that its pioneering offshore floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland, achieved an astounding 65 percent capacity factor from November through January.

Not only does this far surpass onshore wind farms — the United States’ wind fleet enjoyed an average capacity factor of about 37 percent last year — it bests America’s thermal power generators. EIA data suggests coal and natural-gas combined-cycle power plants will end 2017 with capacity factors in the 54 percent to 55 percent range.

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