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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.


December 8, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Official promises ‘complete investigation’ into broken turbine

BAD AXE – County planners heard from a wind turbine representative this week regarding a recent blade failure. During Wednesday’s Huron County Planning Commission meeting, Blake Shroll, site manager of Big Turtle Wind Farm, told planners Big Turtle II experienced a failure on Tower 14 on Nov. 28. “We had two pieces of fiber glass fall within 100 feet of the base. No one was injured in the incident and no other property damages had occurred,” Shroll said. “We have done . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘This could have been avoided’: Wind farm work sparked blazes before Parry Sound 33 wildfire

The forest was tinder dry. With no rain in weeks, the parched grass in the undergrowth had turned to straw, prompting fire bans across northeastern Ontario. Yet heavy construction in the bush pressed on last summer at the site of the province’s largest wind energy development.​ CBC News has learned there were at least three construction-related fires at the Henvey Inlet Wind (HIW) project in the weeks leading up to Parry Sound 33, the massive wildfire that torched thousands of . . . Complete story »


December 3, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft-Gondel brennt in 60 Meter Höhe

Im Windpark Westerholt (Landkreis Wittmund) ist am Donnerstag in 60 Metern Höhe die Gondel einer Windkraftanlage in Flammen aufgegangen. Die Feuerwehr war mit 50 Einsatzkräften vor Ort. Sie ließ die Anlage in der Samtgemeinde Holtriem kontrolliert abbrennen, wie NDR 1 Niedersachsen berichtete. Die Flügel seien herabgestürzt, sagte ein Feuerwehrsprecher. Sie wurden am Boden gelöscht. Verletzt wurde niemand. Brandursache ist unklar Warum die Anlage Feuer fing, ist bisher unklar. Im vergangenen Jahr hatte schon einmal eine Windkraftanlage in diesem Gebiet gebrannt. . . . Complete story »


November 29, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blade near Port Hope failed early this morning – pics

Investigation will begin by company officials after a wind turbine blade failure early this (Wed) morning in Bloomfield Township, west of Port Hope. Huron County Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith said that the blade failed early this morning in the Big Turtle Wind Farm. Turbine 14 is located off of Minden Road, north of Dobson Road. Operations Manager of Heritage Sustainable Energy and the turbine manufacturer secured the area, and the investigation into the cause of the failure will . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

After saga, turbines demolished

They were over 220 feet tall with rotor blades measuring almost 94 feet long. For around eight years, two 750-kilowatt wind turbines towered over farmland outside rural Altura. Winona County spent years and tens of thousands of dollars developing the project, but the turbines never functioned properly and later broke down. After a multi-million-dollar court battle, the turbines were demolished, cut up, and hauled away earlier this month. The company behind the project hopes to erect a new turbine at . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

OSHA investigating construction worker’s death at St. Ansgar wind farm

ST. ANSGAR | OSHA is investigating the death of a construction worker at a wind farm under construction in Mitchell County. Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver said the fatal accident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday while the worker was loading heavy equipment at Turtle Creek Wind Farm, which is under construction near St. Ansgar. Dave Berthelsen, president of White Construction, identified the construction worker as Joseph Hill of Minnesota. He would not give Hill’s age or provide where Hill lived . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

WPS ends operations at Kewaunee County wind farm

The winds of change are blowing across Kewaunee County. Back in 1999, this farm field in the town of Lincoln, made its mark in the field of renewable energy. “These were the first winds farms east of the Mississippi River so we really broke ground here,” said Mick Sagrillo who has lived in Lincoln for 40 years. He spent his career as a consultant in the field of small wind projects, like he has on his property. What came to . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire forces wind farm halt; Investigation into blaze at Ravenshoe project

A far North Queensland wind farm has been temporarily shut down while investigations into what sparked a turbine to catch fire at the site this week are carried out. Fire crews were called to the Windy Hill wind farm near Ravenshoe at about 3pm on Tuesday, with emergency services quickly establishing an excludion zone. It is understood the fire was contained within a turbine nacelle, the cover housing the generating components. No injuries to Ratch Australia Corporation staff, TWPS personnel . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2018 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tekniska problem i Ömossa vindkraftpark – hälften av möllorna går på tomgång

Produktionen av el haltar vid Ömossa vindkraftpark i Kristinestad på grund av tekniska problem. Fel har hittats i hälften av vindkraftverken som nu står stilla på grund av problemen. – Situationen är den att vi har hittat fel eller abnormaliteter i rotorbladen under kontroller. Därför har ungefär hälften av turbinerna lagts på tomgång medan vi analyserar problemen, säger Frans Liski, vd för EPV vindkraft. På plats har man också en lyftkran för att underlätta undersökningarna av rotorbladen. Ett rotorblad har . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines’ wings clipped: Two of three down, but owners say they should be running soon

The number of spinning giant turbines standing high above Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park is now, temporarily at least, down to one. A spokesman for Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Associates said Monday that the company hopes to have its dismantled turbine back up and running in the coming weeks, but it remained in pieces on the ground Monday. The man who heads up maintenance efforts on the other two turbines, which serve the city of Gloucester and its energy business partner, confirmed . . . Complete story »


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