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Wind Power News: February 2006

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 28, 2006 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The flap over wind power

The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service thought it would be a breeze to get interested parties together earlier this month to work out some kinks in its guidelines on how to build wind turbines with minimal harm to bats and birds. With oil and natural gas prices spiking, wind power is a growth industry. The American Wind Energy Association said some 15,000 turbines in 30 states are generating wind power. Enough units to serve 650,000 homes were installed last . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2006 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm accident photos show the risks, claims pressure group

A set of photos showing what can happen when wind turbines encounter problems has been released by the pressure group fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The ‘KNOll to Wind Farm’ pressure group believes the plans to build five wind turbines on land at Edithmead pose a risk to people and facilities in Brent Knoll. In a statement, it said: “The proposal for a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll, within a few hundred metres . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2006 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm accident photos show the risks, claims pressure group

A set of photos showing what can happen when wind turbines encounter problems has been released by the pressure group fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The ‘KNOll to Wind Farm’ pressure group believes the plans to build five wind turbines on land at Edithmead pose a risk to people and facilities in Brent Knoll. In a statement, it said: “The proposal for a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll, within a few hundred metres . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2006 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Scorched out: turbine fire at South Australia wind farm

A $3 million wind farm turbine caught fire while dozens shut down at the time South Australia most needed them – when a heatwave left 63,000 South Australian homes without power last month. Adding to the drama, firefighters could not extinguish the blaze because the tower was too high at 67m. Lack of wind and automatic shutdowns triggered by hot temperatures were to blame for the state’s 180 turbines producing just 10 per cent of their maximum power capacity during . . . Complete story »


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