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Wind Power News: Prince Edward Island

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 6, 2024 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

P.E.I. wind turbines at ‘high risk of imminent failure,’ consultant warned province in 2022

A consultant hired in 2022 to assess production problems at a wind farm owned by the P.E.I. government found severe damage, with turbine units possibly constituting a safety hazard and turbine blades at “high risk of imminent failure.” Last month, high winds ripped two 56-metre blades off one of the turbines at the facility in Hermanville, near the northeastern tip of Prince Edward Island. For comparison, the province’s tallest building is only 39 metres tall; it’s the 10-storey Holman Grand . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2023 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

Vicious winds tear 2 blades off wind turbine in Hermanville, P.E.I.

One of the wind turbines in Hermanville, P.E.I., had two of its blades completely torn off as powerful winds raged across the province this week. The tower of the turbine known as Tower 9 is also damaged, and staff with the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action are investigating. “Nordex has secured the area and there is no risk to the public,” a spokesperson told CBC News on Friday. “The full extent of the damages to the turbine aren’t . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2023 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

Hermanville, P.E.I. wind farm a ‘fiasco,’ local group tells MLAs

About $10 million in repairs are due to be carried out at the Hermanville, P.E.I. wind farm after structural damage has rendered six of the 10 turbines at the site inoperable. An Eastern Kings group is calling for an inquiry into costly breakdowns of the Hermanville wind farm, which have left six of 10 wind turbines idle. The Hermanville turbines have been operating at reduced capacity for months due to these breakdowns. The P.E.I. Energy Corporation has estimated repairs to . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2023 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Financial hit from faulty wind farm turbines expected to deepen in P.E.I.

Profits at the P.E.I. Energy Corporation were slashed by more than half last year, with auditors warning revenues will drop even further as the Crown enterprise tries to fix one of the province’s biggest wind farms. In its annual report released last week, the P.E.I. Energy Corporation recorded a profit of $3.5 million. That’s less than half of what the utility has posted in any fiscal year since 2014-15, the first full year the Hermanville wind farm in eastern P.E.I. . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2023 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

Hermanville, P.E.I., wind farm faced with year-long repairs

One of P.E.I.’s largest wind farms has nearly ground to a halt as six of the 10 towering wind turbines sit idle due to structural damages. The Hermanville wind farm is now faced with significant structural repairs to the tune of $10 million, all to be funded by the P.E.I. government. A statement from the P.E.I. Energy Corporation on Aug. 30 recognized the underperformance of the wind farm, equating it in part to the significant amount of maintenance the farm . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2023 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

P.E.I. asserts its ‘clear authority’ over municipalities on wind farms, solar

The P.E.I. government has made regulatory changes under the Renewable Energy Act to give itself “clear authority” to issue permits for solar and wind farms, including within municipal boundaries – a move that will allow projects to go ahead even if the local council is opposed. The rule change comes with the province still smarting over a four-year battle to expand its wind generation capacity in the Rural Municipality of Eastern Kings, a project the local council voted down. “We’re in . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2023 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

6 of 10 turbines out of commission at P.E.I. wind farm, government says

One of P.E.I.’s biggest provincially owned wind farms is operating at less than 40 per cent of its design capacity. The wind farm at Hermanville, near the eastern tip of the Island, came online with 10 turbines at a cost of $60 million in 2014. On Tuesday, the P.E.I. Energy Corporation said only four of those turbines remain functional – with no reason given as to why. “It’s something that needs to be rectified quickly, because it’s standing in the way . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2023 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

IRAC quashes local ruling, paving way for Eastern Kings wind farm expansion

Commission points out province could push project through without council approval. The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has issued a ruling [link (pdf)] that clears the way for the expansion of a controversial wind farm in Eastern Prince Edward Island. It has quashed a decision by the Rural Municipality of Eastern Kings to turn down a proposal from the P.E.I. Energy Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation, to add a second phase to the wind farm in the municipality. Back in . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2022 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Some of P.E.I.’s wind turbines remain without power almost three weeks after Fiona

Summerside, P.E.I. – Wind turbines across Prince Edward Island kept their structural integrity after post-tropical storm Fiona hit the province on Sept. 23-24, but power remains off at some sites and some blades appear damaged. In Summerside, an initial inspection found there was little damage to the four turbines. However, the city says they were turned off for safety reasons. “We need to do a better inspection with binoculars and drones on the blades to make sure there is no cracking . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2021 • Letters, Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

P.E.I. must do more to respect rural governments

Monday’s Guardian illuminated the difficulties of governing in Crapaud and other small rural communities (Left in the dark, Aug. 23). Certainly scarce financial resources play a role and sometimes there may be a conflict of personalities. We should all acknowledge the time and commitment our councillor neighbours devote to the task of making our communities a better place. Our province needs to acknowledge the importance of rural councils and their role in insuring rural communities stay vibrant and their voices . . . Complete story »

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