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Wind Power News: Accidents


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.

February 7, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Abgerissener Windrad-Flügel in Alfstedt: Landkreis setzt Frist

[A rotor blade of a wind turbine in Alfstedt near Bremervörde that broke off months ago has polluted the surrounding fields and has not yet been repaired. The district has now set a deadline.] Ein vor Monaten abgebrochenes Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage in Alfstedt bei Bremervörde hat umliegende Felder verschmutzt und ist bislang nicht repariert. Nun hat der Landkreis eine Frist gesetzt. Per Verfügung hat der Landkreis Rotenburg/Wümme angeordnet, dass der Betreiber das beschädigte Teil des Windrades bis spätestens zum 20. . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad-Fasern sind im ganzen Ort verteilt

[Months later, pieces from broken wind turbine blade scattered all over] Uwe und Karin Tiedemann müssen auf ihrem Alfstedter Acker nicht lange suchen, bis sie kleine Kunststoffteile finden. Sie stammen von einem abgebrochenen Windkraftanlagen-Flügel, der seit Monaten defekt ist und die Plastikteile verteilt. Es knickte am 15. September das Rotorblatt einer Windenergieanlage im Windpark Alfstedt ab. Am 29. September riss es komplett ab. Die Bruchstelle ist groß, aus ihr gelangen seit Monaten feinste Kunststofffasern und auch größere Teile in die . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Kaputtes Windrad treibt Bauern zur Verzweiflung: “Sind mit Latein am Ende”

[Farmers at wits’ ends – Ever since a rotor blade broke off a wind turbine in the Lower Saxony municipality of Alfstedt in September, pieces of plastic and fine plastic fibers are repeatedly strewn across the fields.] Die Bauern in der niedersächsischen Gemeinde Alfstedt haben Probleme mit einem Windrad. Seit im September ein Rotorblatt abgebrochen ist, verteilen sich immer wieder Plastikteile und feine Kunststofffasern auf den Äckern. Auch bei Windrädern kann es immer mal wieder zu Schäden kommen. So auch in . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2023 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning failure at Derrybrien wind farm reaches total cost to State of €6.2 million

The state must pay the European Union another €1.245 million over a failure to comply with environmental rules at the Derrybrien wind farm in Co Galway. The amount comes on top of an initial lump sum of €5 million that was paid in January 2020. The Derrybrien wind farm, which ceased operations last year, was originally constructed two decades ago. A landslide during construction in 2003 brought to the site to attention and the Court of Justice ruled in 2008 . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine fire in Sleaford

CFS [South Australia Country Fire Service] were called to a wind turbine fire in Sleaford [“Cathedral Rocks” wind energy facility], west of Port Lincoln on the State’s Eyre Peninsula at approximately 10.00pm yesterday evening. 3 CFS trucks and command crews supported by SAPOL have attended the private property where a wind turbine was already well involved in fire. The motor of the wind turbine is believed to have been the ignition point of the fire, with two blades also burning. . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapse in Dodge County under investigation

Dodge County, Wis. (CBS 58) – Neighbors in rural Dodge County woke up to quite the shock Thursday morning when a NextEra Energy Resources wind turbine collapsed in the middle of the night. While it isn’t clear what caused the incident at Butler Ridge Wind right now, neighbors nearby say it was quite a shock when this all happened Wednesday night, but not something that they’re overly concerned about. “We heard a really loud boom and thought maybe one of our . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

‘Absolutely crazy’: Wind turbine in Dodge County collapses

A neighbor tells WISN 12 News the impact shook their home. Dodge County, Wis. – Wednesday night the blades and top portion of a wind turbine came crashing down to the field below in a rural area of Dodge County, near the town of Herman. The impact scattered massive pieces of debris across the ground. Nobody was hurt. “The one that lives on top of the hill right there and the farm right behind us, they said that they both heard . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2023 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Amid scrutiny, PGE overhauls flagship wind farm to address safety and reliability problems

Portland General Electric plans to overhaul its flagship wind farm to address known maintenance problems and safety concerns exposed in an August investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive. The utility’s proposed fixes follow years of apparent inaction and come amid new scrutiny from state regulators who previously either ignored or did not recognize the scope of problems at the aging facility in the Columbia River Gorge. PGE temporarily shuttered its Biglow Canyon wind farm last year after a massive blade from one . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraftanlage in Stieglund: 14 Tonnen schweres Rotorblatt abgerissen

[14-ton wind turbine blade broken off, demolished] In Stieglund, Kreis Schleswig-Flensburg, riss in der Nacht auf Montag ein Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage ab. Ob die Unfallursache auf den Sturm oder einen Produktionsfehler zurückzuführen sind, soll nun ein Gutachten klären.  [article available by subscription] Complete story »

January 10, 2023 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Old wind turbines need replacement

The first generation of wind turbines, installed starting in the mid-1990s, is rapidly reaching the end of its lifetime and some are overdue for a replacement. It is estimated that about 775 wind turbines will have to be replaced by 2030. PPC Renewables, a subsidiary of state-controlled Public Power Corporation, is the only company that has been systematically taking down and replacing its wind turbines: from 2018 and 2021, it uninstalled 101 and replaced them with 23 more powerful ones. . . . Complete story »

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