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Southeast Nebraska wind turbine breaks a day after installed

MILLIGAN, NE – A wind turbine manufacturer is investigating its turbines after a blade broke off in southeast Nebraska.

A spokesperson for EDF Renewables says a turbine fault error occurred at turbine 89 of the Milligan 1 Wind Farm on Thursday morning. Photos sent to News Channel Nebraska show a broken turbine blade with half of the blade dangling off of the other half. A witness says the turbine is located near the intersection of Highways 15 and 41 in Saline County.

The EDF spokesperson says there were no injuries and no collateral damage related to the blade failure. The site perimeter is secured while the turbine manufacturer investigates. As a precaution, 33 turbines from this manufacturer have been shut down until the investigation is completed.

The witness says the blade broke less than 24 hours after it was installed. It was not exceptionally windy on Thursday.

The Milligan 1 Wind Farm is a 300-megawatt project that is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 115,000 homes. The project involves 99 turbines and is expected to be fully operational in November.