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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.


February 6, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines: Over 3,000 MW capacity rots for want of servicing

The decade-long fight between Enercon GmBH and its Indian arm, Wind World India, is proving to be a serious issue for the wind energy sector, as turbines with over 3,000 MW capacity have become near non-functional for want of servicing and lack of components, people close to the development told FE. According to people that FE spoke to “Old Enercon wind turbines of 800 kW capacity are lying useless in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Since Enercon took Wind World India . . . Complete story »


February 1, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Probe continues into toppled Chatham-Kent wind turbine

The investigation continues into what caused a turbine tower to topple in south Chatham-Kent. “Our team of experts is onsite and currently investigating the cause of the issue,” stated an email from Chad Reed, director of investor relations for TerraForm Power, which owns the Raleigh Wind Power facility where the turbine tower buckled in the early morning hours of Jan. 19. It doesn’t appear any part of the collapsed turbine has been moved since the incident. One noticeable change has . . . Complete story »


January 31, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Cause of wind tower collapse still a mystery

There are still no answers nearly two weeks after a wind turbine collapsed in Chatham-Kent. The buckled tower and crumpled blades have not moved since the tower bent in half January 19 at Drake Rd. and 16 Line. The Ministry of Environment (MOE) told Blackburn News that the turbine would be removed last week but the site remains untouched. TerraForm Power owns the tower and is still investigating the cause of the collapse. All 51 of the wind turbines in . . . Complete story »


January 26, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Blade strike may have caused turbine collapse says engineer

As the investigation into last week’s wind turbine collapse in Chatham-Kent continues, and some theories into what happened are emerging. Vern Martin, a mechanical engineer and vice-president of Flowcare Engineering consulting company in Cambridge, Ont., believes a blade may have malfunctioned and struck the column causing it to buckle. “That … has actually been recorded as occurring before in some of these other failures,” explained Martin, pointing to a website called Caithness Windfarm Information Forum from the UK, which tracks . . . Complete story »


January 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Union calls for action after wind farm death

A union has called on the UK Government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to take action after a pensioner died following an incident at Afton Wind Farm on Sunday. The 74-year-old man, who has yet to be named, and his 42-year-old colleague became stranded in the heavy snow before being rescued by the Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team. It was the third death at a wind farm in recent times and Unite Scotland are now urging the HSE to . . . Complete story »


January 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Skylight damaged when ice flies off wind turbine at Mount Wachusett Community College

GARDNER – A skylight on Mount Wachusett Community College’s performing arts center was damaged when ice flew off a wind turbine and showered the building and a parking lot. Samuel Bonacci, a spokesman for the college, said the ice flew off the turbine’s blades Tuesday morning, landing on the building and a parking lot used by faculty and staff. It broke a hole in the skylight. Mr. Bonacci said campus police and maintenance staff shut down both the school’s wind . . . Complete story »


January 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Man, 74, dies after being stranded at windfarm in snow

A man has died after he became stranded while working at a wind farm as snow blanketed much of the country. The 74-year-old man and a 42-year-old colleague were left without heat or power as they worked at a wind farm near Craigdarroch Farm, New Cumnock in East Ayrshire on Sunday. The Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team went to the scene after the two men raised the alarm at around 8.50pm on Sunday. The 74-year-old man was flown by helicopter . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines shut down amid investigation into collapse

A company in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has shut down all 51 of its wind turbines as a precaution until an investigation reveals what caused one of the turbines to collapse last Friday. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself. Representatives from the company which owns the turbine, TerraForm Power, were at the site Monday inspecting the damage. The area has been blocked off with temporary plastic fencing. “It’s a warning . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

McNaughton calls for moratorium on wind projects

A green energy company based in Maryland is investigating after a wind turbine in Raleigh Township buckled and collapsed late last week. There is extensive damage to the turbine, located near the intersection of Drake Side Road and 16th Line in Chatham-Kent, but no injuries or other property damage was reported. Crews from TerraForm Power have installed metal fencing to cordon off the area around the turbine, as well as placed platforms in advance of the expected heavy machinery to . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP wants other turbine towers inspected

Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls wants assurances the other turbine towers that are part of a wind farm in south Raleigh won’t topple over like one did overnight Friday. Nicholls knows the company is looking into the cause of the collapse, but added, “I want to call on the ownership of those turbines to do a thorough inspection of all the remaining turbines in that wind farm.” The MPP said he wants to know the results of the investigation, including the . . . Complete story »


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