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Wind Power News: Accidents


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 25, 2022 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Liberty Utilities still trying to repair transformers for Neosho Ridge Wind

GALESBURG – The wind turbines remain idle in Neosho Ridge Wind more than two months after two transformers malfunctioned. The industrial wind complex has 139 turbines located mostly in and around Galesburg and Thayer. “We continue our efforts to restore operations at the Neosho Ridge Wind farm. The two transformers that failed are en route to the manufacturer for repairs,” said Kelli Price, Liberty Utilities senior manager of communications and marketing. “They weigh approximately 200,000 pounds each and are being transported . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2022 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blocking Highway 47 in Pueblo

A major roadway in Pueblo is shut down after a wind turbine fell off a truck. Pueblo police say the turbine fell onto Highway 47 just east of the interstate. The area is on the north end of town. The Eastbound lanes of Highway 47 are closed from the I25 off-ramp to Dillon Dr., due to an accident. Please use alternate routes to access business in the area. The road will be closed for several hours. We will update when . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad bei Trinwillershagen: Rotorblatt abgebrochen

[Rotor blade broken off wind turbine near Trinwillershagen] Ein Flügel einer Nordex-Windkraftanlage bei Trinwillershagen ist abgebrochen. Die Suche nach den Gründen läuft. Das Rotorblatt soll schnellstmöglich ersetzt werden. Was ist denn da passiert? Fährt man dieser Tage auf der B 105 mit dem Auto von Damgarten in Richtung Stralsund oder andersherum, könnte einem auf Höhe Wiepkenhagen etwas Ungewöhnliches auffallen. Man muss schon etwas genauer hinschauen, damit einem auffällt, dass auf einem Acker südlich der Bundesstraße etwas fehlt bzw. nicht da . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Guilty plea by Kerry windfarm firm over the death of employee in Sligo landslide

A company director has pleaded guilty to two charges brought under health and safety legislation arising out of the death of a worker who was killed in a windfarm landslide. Denis Moriarty, The Kerries Limited, pleaded to two charges when arraigned before Judge Catherine Staines at Sligo Circuit Court. The company has registered offices at Monavalley Business Park, Tralee, County Kerry. The charges relate to a landslide in December 2016 at Derrysallagh wind farm, Glen, County Sligo which claimed the . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kincardine facing turbine repair job

The pioneering 50MW Kincardine floating wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, has suffered a significant technical set back just months after it became fully operational. A major component in one of the five V164-9.5MW Vestas turbines at the site is understood to be in need of replacement. The turbine is to be removed from the array and towed to an undisclosed port location while the work is carried out. It is also understood the other four turbines that . . . Complete story »

April 29, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind turbine

A blaze destroyed a wind turbine in Thorney. The fire broke out at the turbine on French Drove at around 5:45pm on Sunday and was attended to by both Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue services. A crew from Crowland arrived before handing the incident over to a crew from Dogsthorpe. Nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed while the blades and the motor of the turbine were still alight. The cost of installing a new . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2022 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

New York State Thruway Authority loses lawsuit over non-functioning windmills

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the New York State Thruway Authority against the manufacturers, installers, and consultants involved with a project aimed at powering facilities with wind power, but which turned out to be a failure. The New York State Thruway Authority, as part of the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for agencies to move toward so-called “green energy” sources, installed several wind turbines in 2015, projecting it would save $300,000 a year in utility . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Investigation taking place into cause of large Lincolnshire wind turbine fire

Investigations are underway after a wind turbine on the Lincolnshire border caught fire forcing nearby residents to close their windows. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue first shared news about the incident at around 5.45pm yesterday, April 24, saying that the blaze was taking place off French Drove in the village of Thorney near Spalding. Crews from both the Crowland and Deeping fire stations attended the incident, before the response was handed over to the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service. Pictures shared . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusion zone set up as wind turbine bursts into flames

A 100-metre-tall wind turbine has dramatically burst into flames, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. An investigation into the fire is now underway. An exclusion zone had to be set up while firefighters tackled the blaze. Residents living near the scene were also warned to keep their windows closed. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue first shared news about the incident at around 5.45pm on Sunday, April 24. The incident took place at French Farm Wind Farm in the village of . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£1m plus wind turbine ablaze in the Fens

A wind turbine towering some 60-80 metres above ground level caught fire on Sunday evening in a remote part of the Fens. Fire fighters from Crowland and the Deepings were called to put out the blazing wind turbine in French Drove, Thorney. The call came in just before 6pm and by the time fire crews arrived it was well alight. Lincolnshire fire and rescue advised any residents in the area to stay indoors and keep windows closed. Video of turbine . . . Complete story »

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