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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.


May 22, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill catches fire at Locust Ridge Wind Farm in Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County fire companies were dispatched Monday night to a 390-foot-tall windmill that caught fire at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm near Mahanoy City, according to emergency radio reports. The fire was reported at the center of the windmill’s three 133-foot blades about 9:15 p.m. in the sprawling wind farm in Union Township. The wind farm has at least 50 more windmills. Fire officials radioed that the flames and sparks at the blades did not appear to be spreading on . . . Complete story »


May 22, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire damages Locust Ridge windmill

UNION TWP. – Fire damaged a windmill in the Locust Ridge II Wind Farm Monday night. Fire crews from Shenandoah Heights and Ringtown were dispatched to the wind farm just before 9:30pm for multiple reports of a windmill on fire. Crews responding from Ringtown reported flames visible from the borough, and crews arriving on scene found the top of the windmill aflame. A precautionary 1000-foot collapse zone was established shortly after crews arrived. Just after 10:30pm, crews at the scene . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Bolts ‘failed’ Alpha Ventus turbine

The failure of retaining bolts led to a nacelle casing falling off an Adwen M5000 turbine at the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, according to the project’s co-operator EWE. The company said that it is currently unclear why the bolts failed and caused the entire nacelle casing to break off in April. The wind farm operators, which also include Eon and Vattenfall, are now preparing to start work shortly on a replacement campaign. A . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

UMPI keeping options open after wind turbine fire

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – University of Maine Presque Isle officials are reviewing their options for renewable energy after an April 1 fire that destroyed key parts of the campus’ 9-year-old wind turbine. Later this month, a crew with a 300-ton crane will remove the turbine’s nacelle, which houses the generator and other key mechanical components and the location where the fire broke out. Technicians from Vestas, the company contracted to maintain the turbine, have declared the nacelle to be a total . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Ecotecnia blade snaps in France

Holding Dio Energie is investigating why a blade on an Ecotecnia Eco74 turbine snapped during a storm at its 11.69MW Dio-et-Valquieres wind farm in France. The machine is part of a seven-turbine project located in the southern region of Hérault. A company spokeswoman said: “We have immediately cordoned off the wind farm and are now looking into the incident’s exact causes. “The storm was strong enough to bring down a stone cross not far away.” Holding Dio Energie is hoping . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine damaged near Bruce Power Visitors Centre

A tip of one of Huron Wind project’s wind turbines broke off in high winds Friday afternoon. A worker at a nearby facility alerted the Kincardine News to the damage, which showed the tip of the 1.8MW Vestas V80 turbine blade dangling near Bruce Power’s off-site visitors centre north of Tiverton on May 4, 2018. A total of five turbines are part of the wind project that was built in 2002 just off Bruce Road 20. Bruce Road 20 (Con. . . . Complete story »


May 3, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

One bad blade at wind farm wipes out $6 million for TerraForm

A single faulty blade at an Ontario wind farm proved costly for TerraForm Power Inc. When the part failed in January at the company’s Raleigh wind farm, TerraForm took 70 turbines that used the same type of blade out of service to identify the problem. That ate up about $6 million in cash that otherwise would have been available for distribution to shareholders, TerraForm said in a statement Tuesday after the close of regular trading. TerraForm, a renewable-energy company controlled . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germans air M5000 damage: TV shows Adwen turbine with missing nacelle case at Alpha Ventus project

German television has broadcast images of the damaged Adwen M5000 turbine at the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. In a ‘NDR Hallo Niedersachsen’ report aired 25 April, wind industry group WAB head Andreas Wellbrock described the missing nacelle casing as a “setback” that will need to be scrutinised in order to make sure it does not happen again. The entire nacelle casing on the turbine broke off earlier this month. Adwen experts are still . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tule Wind Project knocked offline

The recently opened Tule Wind Project, located in part of the rugged terrain in San Diego’s East County, has been knocked offline for the past two weeks due to a faulty underground power cable. A spokesman for the wind farm’s operator, Avangrid Renewables, said the company is still trying to figure out what went wrong and when the facility will get back up and running. The outage has shut down all 57 of the giant turbines that cover an expanse . . . Complete story »


April 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Thruway windmills not working

BUFFALO, NY – The New York State Thruway Authority, as part of the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for agencies to move toward so called “green energy” sources, installed several wind turbines a few years ago, projecting it would save $300,000 a year in utility costs. Even if that was true, it would take 16 years for the nearly $5 million investment to pay for itself. That’s if they worked. But now – for the most part – they don’t. . . . Complete story »


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