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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.


September 4, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Zap! Unlucky wind turbine hit by storm, finished off by lightning

Don Henderson drives around taking photographs of Iowa, but this was a first, what he called “a very unlucky windmill” smoldering in the distance on Sunday. He said a wind turbine four miles south of Zearing off U.S. Highway 65 was damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Iowa earlier this summer, leaving one blade dangling. Then, lightning struck it during the storms this weekend. He was there Sunday to capture the images of the smoking turbine, and thousands of . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine spinning out of control in Mitchell County, family of 5 forced out of home

LORAINE, Texas – A Mitchell County family of five is temporarily out of a home because of an out of control wind turbine. Christopher Madrid said he woke up about 2 a.m. Sunday to a loud boom. They live close to I-20, so he first thought a tractor trailer had a blowout. But the house kept shaking, so Madrid went outside and saw sparks falling from a nearby wind turbine. He got everyone out of the house in case the sparks . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine tower vs. car

MARSHALL – A crash involving a trailer carrying part of a wind turbine tower stopped traffic at the intersection of South Bruce Street and East College Drive on Wednesday morning. However, there were no injuries, Marshall Police said. The crash was reported at 10 a.m., said Marshall Public Safety Director Rob Yant. A 2005 Buick driven by a 27-year-old man from New Ulm sideswiped a trailer carrying the base for a wind turbine. The Buick received significant damage, Yant said. The . . . Complete story »


August 22, 2018 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Danish wind output down over summer

Wind turbines in Denmark produced 1,657GWh in the two summer months, according to transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet – down from 2,167GWh in the same period last year. But output from coal, gas, solar PV and biomass combined was still lower than wind production in June and July, according to the Danish Wind Energyy Association (DWEA). The lack of Danish wind production was replaced by imports from Germany, Sweden and Norway, it added. Christian Kjær, director of the DWEA, said: . . . Complete story »


August 22, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

A ‘huge disappointment’: St. Cloud VA to remove failed wind turbine

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System plans to remove a wind turbine on its campus that has stood idle for years. The turbine was part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use more renewable energy at its facilities across the country. Wind was supposed to supply a significant portion of the St. Cloud medical center’s electricity. But shortly after it was installed in 2011, the turbine stopped functioning. Since then, it’s loomed as an . . . Complete story »


August 17, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

St. Cloud VA to take down ill-fated, dysfunctional wind turbine in 2019

ST. CLOUD – The ill-fated, much maligned and profoundly dysfunctional wind turbine at St. Cloud VA Health Care System will finally have its last chapter. “We’re going to take the thing down,” Barry Venable, public affairs officer, said Friday. “After seven and a half years, it’s an item of curiosity.” The VA has “fully explored” its option to repair the turbine and has decided to take it down in 2019, Venable said. “To characterize how we feel here locally, we’re disappointed,” . . . Complete story »


August 17, 2018 • CanadaPrint storyE-mail story

Whitehorse’s wind turbines are pretty much blown

A couple of Whitehorse landmarks will soon be gone, according to Yukon Energy. The two wind turbines, overlooking the city from atop Haeckel Hill, will be decommissioned and the company is hoping to sell them off. “Turbines of this generation typically only last about 20 years. So they’ve reached pretty much their end of life,” said Andrew Hall, CEO of Yukon Energy. The first turbine was installed in 1993, and the second, larger one went up in 2000. Hall says . . . Complete story »


August 6, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Four of NYS Thruway’s costly wind turbines stand idle. Why?

Tens of thousands of people every day drive past the towering wind turbines posted at four Thruway exits between Eden and the Pennsylvania state line. But no matter how windy the day might be, those two-blade turbines stand motionless. Just a few years after the New York State Thruway Authority spent about $5 million on five turbines, four of them stand dormant. And a spokesperson indicated the Thruway Authority does not know when they will become operational again. “They are . . . Complete story »


August 6, 2018 • EuropePrint storyE-mail story

Power worth less than zero spreads as green energy floods the grid

A negative price is essentially a market signal telling utilities to shut down certain power plants. It doesn’t result in anyone getting a refund on bills -- or in electric meters running backward. Instead, it often prompts owners of traditional coal and gas plants to shut down production for a period even though many of the facilities aren’t designed to switch on and off quickly. It’s left the utilities complaining that they can’t earn the returns they expected for their investment in generation capacity. Complete story »


August 4, 2018 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Monts d’Ain: une éolienne prend feu dans la nuit

L’éolienne n°9 s’est embrasée en pleine nuit. Photo Guy DOMAIN Le parc éolien visible à des kilomètres à la ronde avait bien triste mine ce vendredi. Photo Guy DOMAIN Les pompiers ont évité la propagation de l’incendie à toute la forêt de la montagne de l’Avocat. Photo Guy DOMAIN L’éolienne numéro 9 du parc des Monts d’Ain, sur la commune d’Izenave, a pris feu dans la nuit du jeudi 2 au vendredi 3 août. Les pompiers sont intervenus aux alentours . . . Complete story »


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