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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch 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.


May 15, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty blades hamper wind farm production (Part 2)

“All 82 turbines will be commissioned by 12/31/2019, there is no material work planned for 2020,” EDF Community Relations coordinator Jinnie Hall asserted for a Cherokee County Glaciers Edge Wind Project wrap-up story that was published in the CT on Jan 6, 2020. However, the unexpected sight of a broken turbine blade at a site in Marcus Township before the New Year clearly put the kibosh on Hall’s assertion. A three-day period of ice, sleet and high winds enveloped NW . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm suffers blade damage

Damage has been identified on the blades of two turbines at the Minsca windfarm near Waterbeck. And operators Ventient Energy this week confirmed replacement blades will be needed. It comes after surveyors were spotted near the village looking at road routes to the windfarm. Ventient explained their transport surveyors are currently exploring alternatives routes to transport the new blades to site. A spokeswoman said: “The periodic maintenance of the fleet had identified the need for blades replacements on two turbines . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2020 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Massive crane collapse could delay U.K. offshore wind farms

A crane mounted on a ship made to construct wind farms at sea collapsed over weekend, potentially delaying some of the U.K.’s biggest renewable power projects. Offshore wind farms, often valued in the billions of dollars, require special ships that can lift thousands of tons of equipment. Belgian dredging company DEME had commissioned the Orion 1 vessel with a crane capable of lifting nine fully loaded A380 airplanes at once. As a result of the incident Engie SA and EDP . . . Complete story »


April 29, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Ipswich still waiting for answers on complicated process to remove broken wind turbine

IPSWICH – The future of the privately owned wind turbine that caught fire on Oct. 18, 2018, is still being determined, the select board has been told. But the operator and manufacturer are in a complicated arbitration process that could last the rest of the year. At the first of two rate hearings for electricity costs for the coming fiscal year (FY21), Ipswich Electric Light Department manager Jon Blair said the two parties are arguing over removal costs. Known as Wind . . . Complete story »


April 28, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Großes Windrad an der B58 in Haltern verliert einen Flügel [Wind turbine loses blade]

Am Montagnachmittag, 20. April, haben gegen 15 Uhr drei laute explosionsartige Geräuschein Haltern am See zahlreiche Anwohner der B 58 aufgeschreckt. Die Ursache konnte von weiten gut gesehen werden. Ein Flügel eines Windrads an der B58 (Weseler Straße, Höhe Wilhelm-Koch-Straße, ca. 1 km von der Auffahrt zur A43 entfernt) war vermutlich durch den Wind abgeknickt worden. Gespalten hing er von derNarbe herunter. Die Straße wurde von der Polizei komplett gesperrt. Als die ersten Einsatzkräfte der Feuerwehr eingetroffen waren, fiel noch . . . Complete story »


April 24, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm workers injured in accident off Germany

Three wind farm workers have been injured, including one seriously, after their crew transfer vessel struck a turbine at the 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm in the German North Sea. German maritime search and rescue organisation DGzRS said it responded to the incident after the alarm was raised at 18.25 on Thursday by CTV Njord Forseti. “A crew transfer vessel unrelated to Orsted collided with a turbine on our Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm last night. We offered . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Big rig hauling wind turbine section overturns near Princeton

A truck hauling a section of a wind turbine overturned onto its side late Saturday morning at the south junction of Highways 65 and 136 in Princeton. The Mercer County Fire Protection District reported an oversized semi hauling a section of a windmill tower tipped onto its side after the load went off the soft shoulder. Several wreckers were called in to right the vehicle and load. The highway patrol in St. Joseph reports no injuries during the incident. Complete story »


April 13, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy farms are losing out on tens of millions of revenue because of constraints in Ireland’s transmission system and the problem is getting worse, a new study shows

Wind farms are losing out on tens of millions of euro because of constraints in Ireland’s transmission system and the problem is getting worse, a new study shows. Wind farms lost €75.5m worth of revenue in 2019 – up from €49.7m in 2018 – because they were forced by grid operator EirGrid to either switch off completely or turn down their power output to the national grid at certain times, according to the report from the Irish Wind Energy Association . . . Complete story »


April 10, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine suspected to be cause of fire near Sibley

A field fire near Sibley on Wednesday is thought to have been caused by a wind turbine. Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls says they were originally called to a field fire two-thirds of a mile south of Allendorf or four miles east of the east side of Sibley. But when they got there, he says they found about 20 acres of stalks burning, and the wind was strong. They put out the fire with fire flappers and water before it . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty blades replaced at Glaciers Edge wind farm (Part 1)

After talking to Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke recently to speculate that a significant issue of some sort existed with turbines in the recently commissioned 200 megawatt (MW) Glaciers Edge Wind Project in western Cherokee County, Glienke shockingly reported, “I’m hearing that all the blades might need to be repaired or replaced.” Another (unverified) claim is that they hurried to finish setting up wind turbines by the end of 2019, even while knowing that some blades might possibly be defective, . . . Complete story »


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