A method for reducing peak loads of wind turbines in a changing wind environment includes measuring or estimating an instantaneous wind speed and direction at the wind turbine and determining a yaw error of the wind turbine relative to the measured instantaneous wind direction. The method further includes comparing the yaw error to a yaw error trigger that has different values at different wind speeds and shutting down the wind turbine when the yaw error exceeds the yaw error trigger corresponding to the measured or estimated instantaneous wind speed.
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The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention as provided for by the terms of Contract No. DE-AC36-83CH10093, Subcontract No. ZAM-7-13320-26 awarded by the Department of Energy/Midwest Research Institute, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Division.