Selected Wind Energy News
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
[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 . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .