Wind Power News: Nova Scotia
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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 . . .
A wind turbine in Grand Étang didn’t make it through the night during high winds. Nova Scotia Power hasn’t confirmed the cause of the failure of the wind turbine in Cape Breton, but wind speeds in the area reached over 160 km/h overnight on Tuesday and a mix of icy rain fell. An investigation is being conducted to discover the cause of the failure.
Nova Scotia Power is investigating why one of its wind turbines snapped in half Tuesday night in Grand Étang, Cape Breton. There was a severe wind warning Tuesday night, but it’s unclear if that had anything to do with the break. The power utility said it is still trying to determine the root cause. CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said peak wind gusts of 164 km/h were reported at the Grand Étang weather station between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. this . . .
ELLERSHOUSE – The proponents behind the Ellershouse Wind Farm are seeking approval to add up to seven more turbines to the site. The project is owned by the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA), an entity comprised of the towns of Berwick, Mahone Bay and Antigonish. AREA hired Minas Energy to oversee the management and development of the wind farm located about 11 kilometres southeast of Windsor. Minas Energy recently filed an Environmental Assessment Registration document with Nova Scotia Environment seeking . . .
The McNeil government has repeatedly held out hope Nova Scotia would be spared carbon pricing because the province has adopted expensive renewable energy like wind power, which is embedded in electricity rates. Rates have risen by 62 per cent since 2005. "We want to help meet the federal government's national target, but we need a solution that recognizes our results, and one that won't punish the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians, who are already paying among the highest energy rates in the country," Miller said. The argument has not persuaded Ottawa, which has given Nova Scotia until 2018 to adopt a cap-and-trade system or an outright tax.