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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 17, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad geht in Flammen auf (Wind turbine goes up in flames)

Im Windpark Südgeorgsfehn (Gemeinde Uplengen) ist am Mittwochnachmittag eine 98 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage in Brand geraten. In der Regionalleitstelle und der Leitstelle Oldenburg gingen gegen 14:46 Uhr mehrere Notrufe ein. Das Feuer im Maschinenhaus der Anlage war u.a. von der Autobahn 28 aus deutlich zu sehen. Mehrere Feuerwehren aus der Gemeinde Uplengen wurden alarmiert. Die Leitstelle Oldenburg alarmierte parallel dazu noch Einsatzkräfte aus der Gemeinde Apen (LK Ammerland). Die Einsatzkräfte konnten jedoch nur zusehen, wie sich die Flammen durch das . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Bryn Blaen wind farm ‘not generating electricity’

People living near a wind farm in Powys claim it has not generated any electricity in nearly a year. Bryn Blaen wind farm near Llangurig has six turbines, each about 328ft (100m) tall with the potential to power 8,400 homes. But residents said they had not seen them working since February last year. Developer Njord Energy, which is building another wind farm near Llandrindod Wells, has been asked to comment. Planning permission for Bryn Blaen was refused by Powys council . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2019 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Repairs set to begin on turbine at Eastern Kings Wind Farm

Repairs are about to get underway on a wind turbine at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm, as officials try to determine the exact cause of the damage that took place in the days following a strong windstorm in November. “We really don’t know what happened. It was a catastrophic failure,” said Heather MacLeod, manager of energy assets with the PEI Energy Corporation. “Two blades came down. One was cracked … we’ll have to wait for the experts to get here . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2019 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Updated: Fire in windmill and property in Sørvad

Tirsdag eftermiddag er der gået ild i en Vestas-vindmølle på Agerfeldvej i Sørvad. Ilden spredte sig efterfølgende til en tolænget gård, hvor der ikke bor mennesker. Derimod har der været mellem 30 og 40 tyrekalve i bygningerne. Det oplyser Brand og Redning Midtvest. – Vindmøllen står sådan, at lige under er der en tolænget gård med de her tyrekalve. Vingerne er faldet ned i bygningen, og der er gået ild i stalden og hamlen derinde, som vi har prøvet at . . . Complete story »


December 31, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Decade old Saco wind turbine removed in November

SACO – After a decade of greeting motorists as they crossed over the Saco River to downtown Saco, the York Hill wind turbine was torn down in late November. The 100-foot-tall white structure had become a part of the city’s landscape. The city installed the wind turbine, manufactured by the Colorado-based company Entegrity Wind Systems, in 2008. The cost to purchase and install the turbine was about $200,000. The wind turbine came with a generous agreement from Entegrity Wind Systems, guaranteeing . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Thruway Authority sues maker of wind turbines that don’t work

Four years after spending $5 million to install wind turbines at four highway exits, the New York State Thruway Authority is now suing the company, contractor and consultants who installed them because the machines haven’t worked since last year. The authority on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Vergnet Group S.A., Prudent Engineering LLP, Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying PC, Kandey Company Inc. and CHA Consulting Inc., citing the failure of four turbines along the Thruway in Chautauqua and Erie counties. . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Thruway Authority to sue wind turbine company for failure of turbines in WNY

The New York State Thruway Authority announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against multiple agencies for the failure of four wind turbines in Western New York. The lawsuit has been filed against Vergnet,S.A., Prudent Engineering, LLP, Ravi Engineering & L.S., P.C., Kandey Company, Inc. and CHA Consulting, Inc./Clough Harbor & Assoc. LLP, alleging negligence, professional malpractice, breach of warranty and breach of contract. Four turbines went off line between October 2017 and January 2018. They are located on . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish wind farm paid £96m to switch off

Compensation payments of more than £500 million have been made to wind farms to switch off turbines over the past eight years, the latest figures show. A new monthly record was set in September this year, when £28,434,560 was paid out by National Grid to stop electricity generation. Most cash was paid to Scottish wind farms, with some earning more than £1m a month for not supplying power. Whitelee and its extension on the outskirts of Glasgow, the biggest onshore . . . Complete story »


December 8, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Official promises ‘complete investigation’ into broken turbine

BAD AXE – County planners heard from a wind turbine representative this week regarding a recent blade failure. During Wednesday’s Huron County Planning Commission meeting, Blake Shroll, site manager of Big Turtle Wind Farm, told planners Big Turtle II experienced a failure on Tower 14 on Nov. 28. “We had two pieces of fiber glass fall within 100 feet of the base. No one was injured in the incident and no other property damages had occurred,” Shroll said. “We have done . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘This could have been avoided’: Wind farm work sparked blazes before Parry Sound 33 wildfire

The forest was tinder dry. With no rain in weeks, the parched grass in the undergrowth had turned to straw, prompting fire bans across northeastern Ontario. Yet heavy construction in the bush pressed on last summer at the site of the province’s largest wind energy development.​ CBC News has learned there were at least three construction-related fires at the Henvey Inlet Wind (HIW) project in the weeks leading up to Parry Sound 33, the massive wildfire that torched thousands of . . . Complete story »


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