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April 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘Faulty blade’ caused turbine collapse in Chatham-Kent, says company

A “single faulty blade” caused a wind turbine in Chatham-Kent to collapse, according to TerraForm Power, the company that operates the wind farm. The turbine crumpled on Jan. 19, leading to calls from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton to halt other wind projects in the area while “the safety issues of turbines” were investigated. The wind facility – south of Chatham, Ont. – was temporarily halted, while third-party investigators and a team from Terraform, probed the cause of the collapse. “The review confirmed . . .

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April 2, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

UMPI’s wind turbine damaged in late-night fire

Presque Isle, Maine – Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been busy today assessing damage done to their wind turbine. According to UMPI President Ray Rice, the generator of the wind turbine caught fire around 10:45 last night. Rice said that produced an electrical surge which caused a good portion of the University to lose power. The fire was brought under control and Rice said it lasted a relatively short amount of time. He says the . . .

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March 29, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Photos: Wind turbine catches fire, sparks grass fire in western Oklahoma

Weatherford, Okla. (KOKH) – A wind turbine caught fire, causing a grass fire Wednesday in western Oklahoma. Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that on March 28 a wind turbine two miles south of Weatherford caught fire, throwing sparks to the ground. The sparks caused a grass fire that was contained after growing to approximately five acres. Eight fire engines responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire.

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March 20, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewables making grid ‘more unstable’, says new report out Tuesday

The electricity grid has become “more unstable” because of the rise of renewables and the loss of coal-fired generators, the Australian Energy Market Commission is warning in a report on the system’s performance released on Tuesday. The report says we have enough power to meet demand in the short-to-medium term but there is a “growing problem” in mixing solar and wind-power – described as “weather-driven generation” – into the grid. “The national grid is becoming more unstable because of this . . .

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March 18, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Nebraska wind farm projects cause controversy and heartache

Passions are high and opinions are as strong as the prevailing wind in northwest Nebraska, as some neighbors and family members on both sides of the wind energy issue in and near Cherry County, Neb., are verbally clashing over financial, emotional and health concerns related to current and proposed future wind farms. Recently, Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents legislative district 43, introduced two legislative bills supporting neighbors’ concerns about the proximity of living near a number of . . .

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March 15, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Sidney resident offers cautionary tale on wind farms

Ted Hartke doesn’t want any of his neighbors to go through what he did. The Sidney resident and his wife, Jessica, had to abandon their home in Vermilion County because of noise pollution from nearby wind turbines. “They were so noisy, we had severe sleep deprivation,” Hartke said. The Hartkes left their home and lived in a double-wide trailer until they could afford to buy another house near Sidney. They paid two mortgages until they finally sold their old home. . . .

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March 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents say they’re not being heard over turbine noise

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Residents frustrated by the town turbine’s noises and shadows pleaded with the Town Council on Monday to force its owner and operator to mitigate the problems. Town Council President Keith Hamilton repeatedly advised the aggrieved individuals to deal directly with the company, North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, and its founder and chairman, Mark DePasquale. “If you haven’t reached out to (the company), please do so,” Hamilton said. “We have leased out the property and it is currently the . . .

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March 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad-Havarie: neue 200m-Windkraftanlage in Borchen völlig zerfetzt

[Environmental disaster due to wind turbine accident in the district of Paderborn: A new Enercon wind turbine in Borchen-Etteln has flown apart. A more than 500m radius is contaminated with countless glass fiber particles.] Umweltkatastrophe durch Windenergieanlagen-Unfall im Kreis Paderborn: Ein neues ENERCON-Windrad in Borchen-Etteln ist auseinander geflogen. Ein über 500m großer Umkreis ist mit unzähligen Glasfaser-Partikeln kontaminiert! Am 8. März gegen 19 Uhr sind zwei Rotoren einer nagelneuen ENERCON E-115-Windkraftanlage völlig zerfetzt worden – nach Augenzeugenberichten und Fotos sind . . .

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March 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Hanover: crews respond to turbine fire

Hanover Fire Crews were called to the scene of a wind turbine fire. Chief Jeffrey Blanchard says Deputy Fire Chief Jason Cavallaro was travelling on Washington St. around 11:47 a.m. Friday when he noticed smoke coming from the town’s wind turbine at 40 Pond St. It was determined that the Pond Street water treatment plant, located on the site was experiencing electrical power surges and operating on stand-by generator An odor of electrical smoke was reported inside the treatment plant . . .

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March 8, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Pathway to disease: Australian court links wind turbine noise with possible diseases

In a World first, Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has declared that the “noise annoyance” caused by wind turbine–generated low-frequency noise and infrasound “is a plausible pathway to disease”. At the AAT hearing in Adelaide, the impacts of wind farm noise were considered by a senior Federal Court judge; the most thorough medial and scientific inquiry on the subject matter conducted in Australia to date. The Tribunal’s findings were based on the “established association between noise annoyance and some diseases, . . .

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