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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.

July 27, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor calls for plan to fix broken wind turbine – four months after “catastrophic failure” left blade hanging

A Barnsley councillor has called for a broken wind turbine to be fixed – four months after a blade was left hanging from a buckled turbine tower. Residents reported hearing a loud bang on March 12, as debris was flung from the blade at Park Spring Wind Farm, on to a public footpath which is popular with dog walkers. Although there were no injuries, debris was left scattered across the path and surrounding area, which remains closed. Darfield Councillor Kevin . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike downs high school wind turbine

The wind turbine at Nantucket High School has not been functioning for more than three weeks due to a nearby lightning strike on Atlantic Avenue that caused nearly $40,000 in damages. Nantucket Public Schools facilities director Diane O’Neil said a lightning strike around 11:30 p.m. on July 1 caused a surge which took out the turbine’s inversion transformer and other equipment inside the 100 kilowatt unit that was installed near the school athletic fields back in 2010. PowerGrid Partners, of . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More details on Skyway 8 wind turbine that suffered severe damage

More details are available on when the test device was installed on the Skyway 8 turbine which suffered severe damage recently. A media contact for Capstone said that the device was installed the week of Mar. 15, when cranes were onsite at County Rd. 8 southwest of Dundalk. The company had received an extension on the Ontario EA approval for testing the Powercone device, Megan Hunter said in an email. The EA when first granted originally was to start earlier . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine with test device loses part of a blade

Part of a blade on a wind turbine just off Grey County Road 8 southwest of Dundalk broke and fell to the earth last Wednesday morning. Although the company is still investigating the cause, Megan Hunter of Capstone Infrastructure told the Dundalk Herald that there was a special circumstance. “We can confirm that we were testing an aerodynamic improvement device on the turbine in question,” she said in an email reply. The test device had been placed only on the . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2021 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

More than 500 safety incidents reported for UK onshore wind farms in 2020

More than 500 incidents were reported for onshore wind farms in the UK in 2020, according to an inaugural safety report. SafetyOn, the new health and safety organisation for the sector, hopes publication of its first data report will lead to improvements across the sector to protect workers. It shows a total of 532 reported incidents in 2020 across nearly seven million hours worked, with 455 (86%) taking place on an operational wind farm and the remainder either on a . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fires in Willacy County

A wind turbine caught fire in Lyford on Monday. The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office said the turbine is located on the area of Simo road and Zinnia. Officials say local fire departments are on scene. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area. No other information has been released. Check back for updates. Complete story »

June 22, 2021 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Iberdrola halts work at Saint-Brieuc due to ‘oil leak’

Iberdrola has had to pause foundation work at its 496MW Saint-Brieuc wind farm off Brittany, France, after a jack-up vessel drilling and installing foundation piles at the site leaked hydraulic fluid into the sea. The incident occurred while the Van Oord vessel Aeolus was drilling the second set of boreholes as part of a piling campaign. A technical problem caused 170 litres of Panolin HLP Synth hydraulic fluid – a biodegradable fluid used for underwater applications – to leak from . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Dilapidated Panhandle wind farm poses safety threats

GUYMON – Broken blades and burned-out nacelles that housed generators atop wind turbine towers pose a threat to public safety at a wind farm in Oklahoma’s panhandle. The issue is so bad, a representative from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission who visited the farm reported hearing cracking sounds as large, broken turbine blades on towers blew first one direction and then another, including out over open access roads that area residents use every day. Blades could potentially “shed” from the structure, owners . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Ørsted contractor speaks out on ‘potentially fatal’ wind farm gas leak

A man who was working on an Ørsted vessel when a gas leak occurred has spoken of how the incident ‘could have been fatal’ if it was left unchecked. Last week a vessel belonging to the Ørsted windfarm off the coast of Walney had a carbon monoxide leak with readings ‘four times over the limit’, contractor Karl Scott said. “I am one of the people that was on board the vessel with the gas leak, and I still have not . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2021 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Work on Iberdrola offshore wind farm stopped over oil leak allegations

Construction work on the Saint-Brieuc wind farm in Brittany, France has been paused due to allegations of an oil leak from an offshore installation vessel. The vessel has been carrying out drilling work for the €2.4 billion (£2.1bn) project. The French coast guard agency Prefecture Maritime Atlantique said: “On 14th June at 6.30 am the offshore vessel AEOLUS declared a 100-litre oil leak. “The pollution, first observed by the Cleanseanet satellite, then confirmed by a Customs plane. Faced with this . . . Complete story »

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