Selected Wind Energy News
Firefighters in Lincoln County responded to an interesting call on Tuesday. A wind turbine was on fire just north of I-70. With the wind turbine standing over 400 feet tall, crews said the fire was impossible to reach. Sylvan Grove Fire Chief Marc Lovin says there isn’t anything his firefighters can do but let the turbine burn. “For safety reasons, we don’t approach the tower normally because there are obviously charges from high voltage electrical current,” said Lovin. Lovin says . . .
Voters upheld rules for wind turbine setbacks on Tuesday that renewable energy boosters say will stop all wind energy development in Lincoln County. The vote was 57-42 percent in favor of a requirement that all turbines be placed at least a half mile from all habitable dwellings in the county. Heavy turnout from southern Lincoln County was the deciding factor, with universal support for the stricter setbacks in every city south of Tea, and the precincts closest to the proposed . . .
TORONTO, S.D. – While the wind power companies tout the economic benefits of planting not one, but two wind farms in Lincoln County, some neighbors are fearing the possible negative impacts. A Deuel County, South Dakota, resident says he found out the hard way there are drawbacks to having a renewable energy source in his backyard. David Janes of rural Toronto, South Dakota, said he and his late wife had built a retirement home on their South Dakota farm site 17 . . .
More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests. A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries. Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no . . .
FALMOUTH – A battle-weary Board of Selectmen announced Monday that the town will not appeal last month’s ruling by a Barnstable Superior Court judge that a pair of 1.65-megawatt municipal wind turbines are a nuisance for neighbors and must be shut down. Both turbine friends and foes were surprised by the announcement, expecting instead that the board would appeal. Susan Moran, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, said it was time to put an end to an issue that has caused . . .
When Janet Hetherington went to a Melbourne hospital for a minor procedure late last year she had an odd experience. She was unable to sleep in the bed she was given and forced to move to escape a disturbing sensation that made it impossible for her to settle. She reported her incident to hospital authorities, who later called in acoustic experts who confirmed a concentration of low-frequency noise in the precise area that she had been settled. The noise has . . .
Some area towns are doing all they can to prevent large wind farms from blowing into their borders. Clarence and Tonawanda are crafting laws to prohibit all large-scale industrial-sized wind farms that generate power to sell back to the grid. The Tonawanda Planning Board is expected to talk about proposed laws to ban large wind farms at its meeting Wednesday night, July 5. The town “doesn’t want to end up like Somerset or Lackawanna,” Planning Board Chairman Kenneth Swanekamp said. . . .
OAK HARBOR, Ohio – For the second time since 2014, the Ohio Air National Guard has backed away from its plans to erect a commercial-scale, $1.5 million wind turbine at Camp Perry – a decision that the region’s biggest birding organization hopes will put an end to five years of contentious litigation and send a message to other would-be developers. “This is a very important victory for migratory birds,” said Kim Kaufman, executive director of the Oak Harbor-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory. . . .
NextEra Energy, owner of the Steele Flats wind farm in southern Nebraska, has suffered at least four wind turbine calamities in recent weeks, including broken blades, a fire and a collapse. Steven Stengel, a spokesman for the Juno Beach, Florida-based energy company, said the incidents are under investigation in cooperation with the turbine manufacturers, but it could be weeks or months before they figure out causes. No injuries were reported because of the failures. “We have roughly 10,000 wind turbines . . .
BLUMFIELD TWP, MI – The 160-foot blade of a wind turbine broke from its rotor Monday morning in rural Saginaw County and is now left dangling. Workers were alerted to the break when the wind turbine went offline Monday morning, June 26, said Bryan Garner, a spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources. Investigators believe the break was caused by an equipment malfunction and that it wasn’t weather-related, Garner said. “We believe this was an isolated equipment issue,” Garner said. “Blade failures are . . .