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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.


January 19, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

A blade of a wind turbine tears and breaks on the ground in Nurlu

Selon un chasseur, un incident majeur se serait produit ce mercredi matin dans le parc éolien de Nurlu : une pale s’est arrachée du rotor et elle a terminé déchiquetée et en plusieurs morceaux au sol. L’homme affirme que l’éolienne tournait le matin et qu’en fin de matinée, il a observé le problème, appelant immédiatement le numéro d’astreinte de l’exploitant, EDF Énergies renouvelables, qui aurait coupé tout le parc en activité (plus aucune éolienne de ce parc ne fonctionne). Aucun blessé . . .

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January 14, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Power company blade repair continues at local project

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP – Algonquin Power officials say the Deerfield Wind Energy Project should be commissioned in a couple more weeks. Two blades broke on separate turbines in the wind park this fall. Officials at a recent Huron County Planning Commission meeting discussed the repair issue. Commission Chairman Clark Brock, who lives near the operation, noted that not all turbines were turning. Officials also said Algonquin Power personnel were working late hours over the Christmas holiday to get the turbines up and . . .

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January 12, 2017 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Elk Lick turbine drops a blade

A wind turbine in the Ringer Hill Wind Farm in Elk Lick Township lost one of its blades Wednesday morning. No one was injured. The 320-foot-tall turbine is one of 14 owned by New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures on Mount Davis. It was completed less than a month ago, on Dec. 20. Spokesman Mike Kinney said the turbine was operating until 12:08 a.m., which means the 177-foot-long blade fell off sometime after that. “At this time we do not . . .

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January 10, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy troubles

Several people in the small desert town of Ocotillo have been plagued with problems from a wind energy facility. A CW6 News investigation into Ocotillo Wind, operated by Pattern Energy, revealed many mechanical and design problems, and the failure to meet projected generation figures for power output. Just last month a turbine sheered its own mast, causing a collapse. I spent the day with two residents of Ocotillo who started a social media page against the project and are on . . .

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January 9, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad hatte sich nicht abgeschaltet: Eisbrocken fallen aus 98 Metern Höhe

[Wind turbine had not shut off: 60-cm chunk of ice fell from 98-meter tower to land just a few meters from Werner van Veenendaal on street during New Year’s Eve.] Bocholt – Der Schreck sitzt Werner van Veenendaal immer noch in den Gliedern. Als er Silvester am Vormitttag auf dem Mähneweg bei Bocholt unterwegs war, krachte nur wenige Meter von ihm entfernt ein Eisbrocken auf die Erde. „Ich hab natürlich einen Riesenschrecken bekommen“, sagt er. Das rund 60 Zentimeter große . . .

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January 8, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind turbine near to Harrogate

On the evening of the 6 January 2017, Emergency Services were called to Knabs Ridge wind farm, near to Harrogate. Knabs Ridge is a 16 megawatt, eight turbine, onshore wind farm – Emergency services dealt with a fire to a single turbine. A spokesperson for Innogy Renewables UK Ltd said: As a result of an incident involving one turbine at the Knabs Ridge Onshore Wind Farm in Harrogate, the fire service was called out by on-site personnel on Friday the . . .

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January 7, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Point Tupper wind turbine collapse remains a mystery; Manufacturer won’t discuss factors behind collapse

SYDNEY, N.S, – An official with the company that manufactured a wind turbine that collapsed in Point Tupper in August says its investigation found nothing to indicate it was due to an equipment design or a technical issue but won’t say what the factors behind the failure were. The Point Tupper wind farm has an 80-metre ENERCON turbine model manufactured in 2010. “We did the investigation and nothing leads us to believe that the incident was the result of any equipment . . .

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January 7, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire crews tackle wind turbine blaze

999 crews are battling a wind turbine blaze. The structure caught fire close to the A59, near Harrogate, around 5pm on Friday and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently at the scene. They are urging people to keep windows and doors closed to stop fumes blowing into homes and businesses. @itvcalendar wind turbine on fire, Harrogate at 4:45pm this afternoon pic.twitter.com/OG91koMxnL — katie :) (@Katieeryder1) January 6, 2017

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January 6, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Safety of power-generating wind turbines questioned

In the past four weeks, four giant power-generating wind turbines in Germany have either toppled over or experienced broken rotary blades. Now the question is: How safe are wind turbines really? At the beginning of this week, a nearly 100-meter-tall (328-feet-tall) wind turbine collapsed in Hamburg in northern Germany. In addition, a 40-meter-long blade of a wind turbine broke off in Zichow, also in northern Germany. In the weeks leading up to New Year’s, a 95-meter-tall wind turbine collapsed in . . .

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January 6, 2017 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fires strike residential buildings, wind turbine

Firefighters were busy with at least three blazes around southern Finland in bitterly-cold conditions on Friday morning. One fire left a man dead, while another destroyed a wind turbine. Shortly after 8 am on Friday, one person died in a fire in Turku on Friday. The victim was a man of around age 70. The fire apparently began in his kitchen on Parolanpolku in the Runosmäki suburb. Earlier in the morning, more than 20 people were evacuated in the south-eastern . . .

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