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See also: Wind Turbine Accident data (worldwide) at Scotland Against Spin

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.


September 23, 2022 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at PG&E substation in California

The fires in the energy storage systems at Moss Landing are reminiscent of incidents involving Tesla Megapacks in Australia. They also underscore the challenges of adopting new technology to improve the efficiency of the power grid, and to make greater use of electricity from intermittent, renewable resources like wind and solar. Complete story »


September 22, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Calls for Derrybrien wind farm to be reactivated rejected

A junior Government minister has rejected calls for the 70 turbine wind farm at Derrybrien in south Galway to be reactivated. In a Dáil debate on the issue, Fine Gael Minister for State at the Departmentt of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, described the ESB wind farm as an “unauthorised development”. Minister Naughton told Deputy Michael McNamara that “any attempt to keep the wind farm operational would, therefore, be unlawful”. “There is no legal basis for Derrybrien’s continued operation,” she said. In . . . Complete story »


September 22, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Derrybrien windfarm won’t be reopened – minister

A junior minister has rejected calls for the 70 turbine windfarm at Derrybrien in south Galway to become operational once more. In a Dáil debate on the issue, Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, has described the ESB wind-farm as ‘unauthorised development’. Minister Naughton told Independent TD Michael McNamara that “any attempt to keep the wind farm operational would, therefore, be unlawful”. “There is no legal basis for Derrybrien’s continued operation,” she said. In February of . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Trailer transporting part of windmill overturns

A trailer hauling a large part of a wind turbine overturned just east of Leonardville on Highway 24 Monday afternoon. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner, the truck and trailer was hauling a windmill nacelle, which is part of the housing at the top of the turbine. As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, that stretch of US-24 remained closed in both directions. The cause of the crash is under investigation. It is unclear how long the road will be . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Crane accident under investigation

CASS COUNTY – An accident on Thursday involving a crane falling over while on a bridge northwest of Massena was still under investigation Friday, according to Cass County Engineer Trent Wolken. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday when Cumberland Rescue, Massena Rescue and Cass EMS were called to the bridge near the intersection of 756 Street and Pella Road for a report of a crane that had fallen over, according to scanner traffic. The individual was said . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon wind farm sees blades, bolts fly off as failures mount: report

A new report has revealed the unreliability of a major Oregon wind farm, discovered after a blade from a windmill detached and flew across the field. According to The Oregonian, in January, a delivery driver found some broken, industrial-size bolts on the ground near one of Portland General Electric’s towering wind turbines but did not know who to tell and used it as a paperweight. On Feb 1 at 2:11 am, one of the turbine’s 11-story tall blades flew the . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Bust: How an airborne blade exposed broader problems at PGE’s flagship wind farm

Pieces of turbine equipment are now falling into landowners’ fields with some regularity. PGE has not reported those incidents to the state promptly, or in some cases at all. That’s a potential violation of state administrative rules governing wind farms, as well as the conditions in Biglow Canyon’s operating permit with the state. Take the metal frame and pieces of fiberglass that fell off the damaged nose cone of a Vestas turbine in April 2021. PGE didn’t report it until June of this year, and only after a reporter asked why it hadn’t been disclosed to regulators. Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Why accident, safety data is hard to come by for wind industry

While the Department of Energy maintains records of reported public safety and other incidents at the wind farms it regulates, it’s not comprehensive. The agency provided a spreadsheet it compiled to The Oregonian/OregonLive that listed 41 reported incidents dating back to 2011. Biglow Canyon in Sherman County is the only wind farm regulated by the state that has reported a full blade separation during that time frame. But the list included other related incidents, including two blades damaged by lightning in 2020 at the Montague Wind farm in Gilliam County; turbine fires at Shepherd’s Flat, which is in Gilliam and Morrow counties, and at Leaning Juniper IIA in Gilliam County; as well as a slew of transformer failures -- most of them at Biglow Canyon. The list doesn’t include two blade failures in 2008 and 2009 at the Stateline wind farm that are referenced in older compliance reports submitted to the state. Nor does it include the most serious incident, a 2007 turbine collapse at the Klondike III wind farm that killed one worker and injured another. Complete story »


August 31, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Power failure during high winds caused giant £2million wind turbine to spin uncontrollably and collapse

A £2m wind turbine was knocked over by the wind after raging storms and 50mph gales made the blades on the 300ft rotary turn at twice their normal speed. The turbine, which was almost the height of St Paul’s Cathedral, was torn apart by the raging winds and eventually collapsed to the ground in February. Families in the nearby village of Gilfach Goch, South Wales, said the noise sounded like ‘thunder and lightning.’ An investigation, launched by manufacturer Nordex, found . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Huge 300ft turbine that crashed to the ground had spun too fast, investigation concludes

An in-built safety system designed to bring a wind turbine to a safe stop failed and ultimately led to its collapse at a Welsh valleys wind farm, it’s been confirmed. The Nordex-designed 300ft wind turbine crashed to the ground at Gilfach Goch in February this year becoming separated from its base and completely destroying its blades. Locals reported hearing loud noises coming from the Pant-y-Wal wind farm throughout the night of February 13 before waking up to see the turbine . . . Complete story »


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