June 18, 2013
Minnesota

Answer Man: Tough break for wind turbine blade

Post-Bulletin | June 17, 2013 | www.postbulletin.com

Dear Answer Man, I saw this wind turbine with a broken blade a few weeks ago, on the north side of I-90 east of Dexter, not far from where 290th Street crosses I-90. I thought the blades on wind turbines were extremely tough – I’m amazed that it’s broken. I’m not implying that you have experience with windy problems, but could you check this one out? – Ron Jensen

A wind turbine stands still on Wednesday with a buckled blade and a damaged gear box in Dexter. Joe Michaud-Scorza/ Jscorza@postbulletin.com

A wind turbine stands still on Wednesday with a buckled blade and a damaged gear box in Dexter. Joe Michaud-Scorza/ Jscorza@postbulletin.com

A few other readers have also sent snapshots of that sad turbine along I-90. The P-B had a story last month that said the turbine, one of 67 in the Wapsipinicon Wind Project near Dexter, was apparently was hit by lightning, causing that blade to droop. I believe workers were out there this week, possibly to replace it.

Regarding wind farms, can we agree that they’re a blight upon the landscape? I know they’re better for the environment than a smoke-belching power plant, but I totally get why some people in the Goodhue and Zumbrota area have been fighting so hard to keep wind turbines out. Day and night, they’re ugly.


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