Wind Power News: Nova Scotia
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POINT TUPPER, N.S. – It was suspected that a washer was forgotten inside the hub of a wind turbine under repair that subsequently collapsed hours later, labour department documents show. E-mails between the investigating body, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and turbine manufacturer Enercon were recently disclosed by the department. In the Point Tupper incident, workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and fell. Enercon crews at the time were in the process of replacing a . . .
Just hours before a massive wind turbine collapsed last year in Cape Breton, a technician performing routine maintenance heard what was believed to be a washer lost in the structure’s hub. The incident – believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in the country – is described in internal emails between turbine manufacturer Enercon Canada Inc. and the provincial Labour Department. CBC News obtained the documents through a freedom of information request. The 80-metre turbine at the Point Tupper . . .
TORONTO – Involving community members in wind-farm planning and ensuring nearby residents benefit from turbines would go a long way toward winning local buy-in for such projects, a new Canadian study concludes. The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making has resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. Those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution and amount of area benefits, the authors write. . . .
HALIFAX—The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar – more than 15 years after it launched the initiative. Parks Canada said wind turbines do not meet the needs of the windswept Nova Scotia island, famous for the wild horses that have roamed there since the 18th century. “The wind turbines were part of a … project to reduce Sable Island’s dependence on fossil fuels, and were chosen . . .
ELLERSHOUSE, N.S. – More wind power will be harnessed soon in the community of Ellershouse after the Minister of the Environment Margaret Miller released her decision to approve the project. The approval is incumbent on the developer meeting several conditions, including monitoring of local wildlife such as birds and bats. The expanded wind farm is being constructed by Minas Energy, which will operate the 16.4 MW expansion of the existing win farm. The electricity generated by the expansion alone could . . .
Point Tupper wind turbine collapse remains a mystery; Manufacturer won’t discuss factors behind collapse
SYDNEY, N.S, – An official with the company that manufactured a wind turbine that collapsed in Point Tupper in August says its investigation found nothing to indicate it was due to an equipment design or a technical issue but won’t say what the factors behind the failure were. The Point Tupper wind farm has an 80-metre ENERCON turbine model manufactured in 2010. “We did the investigation and nothing leads us to believe that the incident was the result of any equipment . . .
SYDNEY, N.S. – The province’s energy minister says setback regulations are in place to protect the public and neighbouring landowners should wind turbines fall, as has happened twice in Cape Breton in the past five months. Michel Samson was responding to the collapse Wednesday of a 15-year-old wind turbine in Grand Etang. That came less than six months after another collapse of much newer turbine of a different design also located in Cape Breton, in Point Tupper. At the time of . . .
One of Nova Scotia’s oldest wind turbines has been knocked out of commission after strong winds lashed the north west coast of Cape Breton on Wednesday. The main tower of the Grand Etang turbine, owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, snapped in two after being pounded by strong southeast winds, better known by their Acadian name of “les suêtes”, that regularly hammer the Cheticamp area with gusts of up to 200 km/h. Several locals, including area resident Pierre Chiasson, . . .
People living near a wind turbine in Grand Étang that snapped in half Tuesday night say the winds were high but not unprecedented for that area of Cape Breton. “We never expected that to happen,” said Rene Tartaglia, who lives near the turbine with his wife, Doreen Aucoin. “The windmill had been there for so long, and we’d had a lot of big wind.” There was a severe wind warning Tuesday night, with winds reaching 160 km/h, but it’s unclear . . .
High winds likely caused tower to snap at Grand Etang installation; Nova Scotia Power probing wind turbine collapse
SYDNEY, N.S. – One of Nova Scotia’s oldest wind turbines has been knocked out of commission after strong winds lashed the north west coast of Cape Breton on Wednesday. The main tower of the Grand Etang turbine, owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, snapped in two after being pounded by strong southeast winds, better known by their Acadian name of “les suêtes”, that regularly hammer the Cheticamp area with gusts of up to 200 km/h. Several locals, including area resident . . .