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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.


April 25, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra probes blade damage

NextEra Energy Canada is investigating a damaged blade on a turbine at its 73.5MW Bornish wind farm in Ontario. A spokesman for the company said no one was injured by the damage, which occurred on 20 April. All other turbines are “operating normally”, he added. The project in Middlesex County features GE 1.6MW 100 hardware and has been operational since 2014.

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April 22, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

VOSHA investigating after crane operator killed at wind project site

SEARSBURG – The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the Tuesday death of a man at the Deerfield Wind construction site. David Sprague, 59, of Windham, Maine was electrocuted when the crane he was operating came into contact with high tension power lines, according to Vermont State Police. He was pronounced dead at the Putnam Road site shortly after 11 a.m. Information about VOSHA’s investigation won’t be released until it’s concluded, according to Stephen Monahan, director of the state . . .

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April 19, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Man electrocuted driving a crane

SEARSBURG— A Maine man was killed Tuesday after the crane he was driving struck a high-tension power line at a construction site, police said. David Sprague, 59, of Windham, Maine, was operating a crane on a wind turbine construction site on Putnam Road in Searsburg around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Vermont State Police. As Sprague was driving under a series of high-tension power lines, the crane struck one of the lines. Police said Sprague was electrocuted and was . . .

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April 1, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm worker plunges to his death from turbine near Glasgow just weeks after similar tragedy in Ayrshire

A second worker has died after falling from a turbine at a Scots windfarm just weeks after a similar fatal accident. The Spanish man’s death at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, in East Renfrewshire, happened on Wednesday and follows the death of a Portuguese worker in Ayrshire on March 15. The 25-year-old Spaniard was pronounced dead at Whitelee Windfarm, near Eaglesham. The turbine is understood to have been undergoing maintenance at the time. A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We . . .

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March 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm worker dies after falling from turbine

A worker has died after falling from a turbine at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm in East Renfrewshire. The 25-year-old Spanish man was pronounced dead at Whitelee Windfarm, near Eaglesham, on Wednesday morning. The turbine is understood to have been undergoing maintenance at the time. A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was an incident this week at Whitelee Windfarm. “Our thoughts go out to the family of the person involved.” The wind farm is owned . . .

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March 29, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut wind turbine facing uncertain future

CONNEAUT – A wind turbine severely damaged by lightning late last month is facing an uncertain future on Conneaut’s lakefront. At Monday’s City Council meeting, City Manager James Hockaday said the turbine’s owner, NexGen Energy, wants a long-term renewal of its contract with the city before it will proceed with repairs. The 400-kilowatt turbine was constructed in January 2010 to provide some of the electricity used by the city’s sewage treatment plant. On Feb. 25, lightning blew apart one of the . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

The final report into South Australia’s major blackout has pinned the blame on overly sensitive wind farms

An investigation into a major blackout in South Australia six months ago, which sparked a war of words between the state and federal governments over renewable energy, has found that technical issues led to the network’s breakdown. The 271-page fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) made 19 recommendations to improve network stability as the system transitions to include an increased reliability on renewables. But it blamed the blackout on September 28 primarily on overly sensitive . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA blackouts: wind farm turbines key to power outages, report finds

A key report highlights the problems with South Australia’s high level of renewable generation, finding that control settings on wind farm turbines led to last September’s statewide blackout in South Australia. The fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator into the September 28 event found wind farm settings “responding to multiple disturbances … led to the Black System”. This is despite South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill repeatedly insisting that renewables had not contributed to any blackouts in . . .

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March 28, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Identity of man killed at windfarm revealed

Police are now able to release the identity of the man killed at the Kilgallioch wind farm site near Barrhill. Antonio Joao Da Silva Linares, 37, from Portugal, was killed in the incident at the under-construction Kilgallioch site on 15 March 2017. The 37-year-old fell to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build and was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have fallen onto a platform within the turbine’s mast. . . .

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March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Probe into death of Barrhill windfarm worker continues

Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .

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