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Too Windy for Turbines?

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Believe it or not - the Panhandle might just be too windy for wind energy. You can call it too much of a good thing. When the winds pick up past a certain speed, the turbines have to shut down or they can break.

It happens within 10 to 14 seconds after the peak wind of around 50 miles per hour hits. That sudden stop of energy production can leave utility companies scrambling to keep power on for customers.

This problem has been known to cause blackouts before, and some utility company executives now say wind energy might not be reliable enough on it's own.

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