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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine snaps in half in Chatham-Kent, MPP calls for halt of wind projects

A wind turbine in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has snapped in half, leading to calls from one area MPP to halt area wind projects. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself Friday. “As we were getting closer you could see in the distance that it was snapped in half .. it’s actually one of those ‘Oh my goodness [moments],” said Chatham-Kent Ward 2 councillor Karen Herman. “I was so surprised to . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples in South Kent; ‘Extreme load of some kind’ may have caused damage, says expert

Like a giant plastic straw bent in half, a wind turbine tower buckled over in rural Chatham-Kent, its motor and massive blades lying mangled on the ground. No one was hurt in the tower collapse overnight Friday, a spokesperson for the energy company that operates the wind farm where the tower stood said by email. But a spokesperson for a wind energy umbrella group said the failure appears to be only the second of its kind among the more than . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Bill would eliminate renewable energy credit

“It’s time we do away with this costly tax credit,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “The government is not your sugar daddy, no matter how hard the wind industry may wish. Wind companies are no longer in their infancy, and the industry is stable enough to stand on its own feet.” Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MOE keeping close eye on CK tower cleanup

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) says staff are at the site of Friday’s wind tower collapse to ensure that the company cleans up any spilled materials properly. The MOE says it’s actively monitoring the situation and will ensure that the company determines the cause of the incident. The Ministry of Labour has also been notified and has sent an engineer to the site. TerraForm Power contacted the ministry Friday morning about its wind turbine snapping in half at Drake . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Federal commission confirms UEC’s authority to build Wheatridge transmission line

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Umatilla Electric Cooperative to provide wholesale transmission service to a Wheatridge Wind Energy project, rejecting a protest by Heppner-based Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative that the action would encroach on its exclusive service territory. The proposed wind farm, broken up into two areas a few miles north of Heppner, would include up to 292 turbines and generate up to 500 megawatts of energy. The project’s developers have been working with UEC on a plan for . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Look out for this left-leaning environmental group posing as conservatives

When an organization markets itself as “conservative” while promoting big government solutions under the banner of a misleading poll, it’s time to take a hard look at what makes them tick. Earlier this month, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum released a statewide poll aimed at voters who identify as either Republican or conservative that showed the respondents are keen on green energy. The timing is no accident as the Ohio General Assembly is set to hold hearings on mandates for . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO adds alternate Wind Catcher powerline routes, more public meetings

Public Service Company of Oklahoma on Friday announced a new set of public open houses along with a possible route departure for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project to prevent possible delays in construction. The line of 360 or more miles is proposed to connect the 800-turbine Wind Catcher wind farm planned for the Panhandle to a substation at Tulsa and then points south supplied by PSO sister company Southwestern Electric Power Co. in eastern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Early . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Big crawler over

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine offshore wind project rules out Port Clyde as cable site

The proposed route for a cable that would bring electricity from an offshore wind project to Maine’s power grid is facing another routing change. The most recent plans for the Maine Aqua Ventus pilot wind energy project called for the transmission cable to run from the test site off Monhegan Island into the village of Port Clyde. But now that route is no longer being explored, Jake Ward, vice president for innovation and economic development at the University of Maine, . . . Complete story »


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