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Wind turbines detect ice, paused until ice melts  

Credit:  Brian Mulherin - Daily News Staff Writer | Ludington Daily News | January 15, 2013 | www.ludingtondailynews.com ~~

Consumers Energy would not go into detail Monday about how it detected icing on its Lake Winds Energy Park tubrines Sunday, stating only that the company followed the ice mitigation plan it filed with the Mason County Planning Commission.

“As soon as icing conditions became apparent, they were shut down,” Consumers Energy Spokesman Dennis Marvin said. “They will stay shut down until we can determine that they can be safely operated.”

Bright white icy patches could be seen on blades Monday morning from hundreds of yards away on the 476-foot-high turbines. Bright sun came out in the afternoon and the utility was hopeful ice on the blades would thaw naturally.

See the full story in today’s print and eEditions of the Ludington Daily News.

Source:  Brian Mulherin - Daily News Staff Writer | Ludington Daily News | January 15, 2013 | www.ludingtondailynews.com

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