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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.

November 26, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Deler av vinge falt av vindturbin på Hundhammerfjellet

[Parts of a wind turbine blade have fallen off in Hundhammerfjellet.] Deler av en vinge fra en vindturbin i Hundhammerfjellet vindpark har falt av. Ødeleggelsen ble oppdaget i dag tidlig av fagfolk på stedet. Pål-Anders Dahl i NTE Energi AS opplyser at ingen skal være skadet i forbindelse med uhellet som har rammet turbin tre i Hundhammerfjellet vindpark i Nærøysund. – USIKKER ÅRSAK – Det vi vet er at en del av en turbinvinge på turbin tre har falt ned . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Vindkraftverk kollapsade: “Extremt ovanligt”

Ett 230 meter högt vindkraftverk kollapsade natten mot söndag i Jörn utanför Skellefteå. Företaget bakom kraftverket kommer utreda olyckan och Anders Riis, kommunikationschef på Vestas som byggt kraftverket, säger att man nu stoppar alla kraftverk i parken som en säkerhetsåtgärd. – Som en extraordinär säkerhetsåtgärd så pausar vi uppstarten av de andra 16 vindkraftverken också. Nu ska vi inspektera alla individuellt. När vi har en bra översikt över statusen på varje turbin så ska vi överväga om det är säkert . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Unika bilderna från Jörn: Gigantiska kraftverket ligger i spillror

[Unique pictures from Jörn: giant wind turbine in ruins – A wind turbine on Aldermyrberget outside Jörn collapsed to the ground on Sunday night. SVT’s Tommy Forsgren filmed with drones at the accident site on Monday.] SVT:s reporter på plats filmade under måndagen med drönare på olycksplatsen, där vindkraftverket på Aldermyrberget utanför Jörn rasade till marken natten mot söndag. Se bilder från luften i klippet. [See video at source.] Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Giant Vestas wind turbine collapses in northern Sweden

A 230-meter tall wind turbine built by Vestas Wind Systems A/S collapsed at a site in northern Sweden over the weekend. The cause of the accident is unknown and the company is assembling a team that will investigate at the site, spokesman Anders Riis said on Monday by phone. A lot of snow is expected this week, which may delay the work, he said. No one was injured in the incident. Sweden is turning to the most mature renewable energy . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine down: wind giant Vestas probes V150 collapse in Sweden

Wind OEM Vestas has launched an investigation after one of its latest turbines collapsed over the weekend in Sweden. The V150 4.2MW came down late on Saturday evening amid high winds at the Aldermyrberget wind farm in northern Sweden after apparently buckling near the base of the tower, said developer Wpd. Nobody was hurt in the incident which was reported by a snow-clearance worker on the site at the time and no other turbines were damaged, Maria Roske, CEO of Wpd . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

230 meter high wind turbine collapsed

Ett 230 meter högt vindkraftverk har kollapsat norr om Jörn i Skellefteå kommun. Hela tornet gav vika och kraschade i marken. – Jag har aldrig hört att det har hänt i Sverige, säger Maria Röske, vd på vindkraftsföretaget WPD. Det var vid 21-tiden på lördagskvällen som vindkraftverket gav vika och föll mot marken. På bilder som Norran tagit del av syns hur tornet vikt sig några meter ovanför marken och sedan har turbinhus, torn och blad kraschat ned. Vindkraftsparken Aldermyrberget . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2020 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Donegal: Ministers shocked at peat slide devastation

Ministers from both sides of the border have visited the scene of a huge peat slide on the Tyrone Donegal border. The incident saw thousands of tonnes of peat washed into an internationally protected salmon spawning river. Environment minister Edwin Poots and the Republic’s Agriculture minister Charlie McConalogue met at the scene outside Castlederg. They expressed shock at the extent of the damage which is the subject of a cross-border investigation. Mr Poots also visited a trout farm in the . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2020 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Meenbog: Concerns brought by locals to wind farm developer over site ‘were ignored’

Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle said local communities “cannot count on government to support their interests over developers” as he spoke about the peat slippage at the Meenbog wind farm site. The deputy has called for it to be a requirement of developers to pay for independent environmental assessments as part of the planning process. Raising the matter in the Dáil on Thursday evening (November 19), deputy Pringle said the Meenbog landslide is the “culmination of a long planning . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Meenbog landslide recognised as ‘significant pollution event’ while second wind farm is proposed for the area

The Green Party has said it is “deeply concerned” over the peat slippage near the Meenbog Wind Farm, as it is a “significant pollution event”. Meanwhile, the energy company involved in the development of the wind farm at the site has issued letters to residents outlining an additional proposed development at Meenbog, according to local representatives. A cross-border multi-agency group has convened to co-ordinate a response to the landslide event, which occurred last weekend in Co. Donegal. The development of . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2020 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Donegal: Peat landslide linked to wind farm raised in Dáil

A bog collapse which affected an internationally important salmon spawning river in County Tyrone has been raised in the Dáil. The collapse happened at the site of a wind farm under construction at Meenbog, near Ballybofey, County Donegal, last Thursday. A large quantity of peat slid down the hillside and ended up in the Mourne Beg River near Castlederg. It is a key spawning river for Atlantic salmon – a protected species. The river flows into the Foyle catchment which . . . Complete story »

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