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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Many of Scotland’s biggest onshore wind farms are being paid tens of millions of pounds for producing virtually no energy at certain times. According to figures received by Energy Voice, the cost of paying wind farm operators to power down in order to prevent the generation of excess energy is stacking up with more than £300million paid out since 2010. In 2016 alone, Scottish onshore wind farms received £69million in constraint payments for limiting 1,048,890MWh worth of energy. By August . . .
LINDENWOOD – Five years ago a wind turbine was erected at Eswood Elementary School with hopes to take the school off the grid and cover energy costs. The wind turbine could be seen spinning in the wind, it never fulfilled its purpose or produced any energy for the school. Instead the turbine stood behind the school and was a nuisance and danger. The windmill was installed in May 2012 by Dr. Mayberry who retired from the school in June 2012. . . .
The Highway 14 underpass in Aurora is closed because of an accident involving a wind turbine. Department of Roads officials say a semi-truck hauling parts for a wind turbine attempted to drive through the underpass late Monday night. The turbine parts bent metal beams on the railroad bridge. Crews from the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad will be repairing the underpass, which could take a couple of days. Trains can still use tracks on the south half of the bridge, but . . .
EVANSTON, Wyo. – The Cowboy Fire is burning on an estimated 1,592 acres northeast of Evanston, and as of Sunday the blaze is 50% contained. Fire and ambulance personnel in Uinta County, Wyoming say the fire began Saturday afternoon after a wind turbine caught fire and the flames spread to the sage brush. County Fire Warden Eric Quinney said crews made progress Sunday as they worked to get around 18 miles of fire line. Air crews made retardant drops Saturday, but . . .
Fire crews are fighting a 700-acre wildfire northeast of Evanston after a wind turbine ignited early Saturday afternoon and the flames spread into sagebrush and trees. The Cowboy Fire was 10 percent contained as of Saturday evening, according to Uinta County Fire and Ambulance. Lower temperatures, higher humidity and rain helped calm the fire overnight. Sunday morning, some 45 firefighters from Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln Counties – as well as the BLM and U.S. Forest Service – moved to secure the perimeter . . .
BAD AXE – DTE Energy presented a root-cause analysis of needed wind turbine upgrades to the Huron County Planning Commission on Wednesday. Gearboxes, pitch motors and blade bearings have been switched out in recent months on various turbines in DTE’s Thumb Wind Parks, said Dennis Buda, operations manager. He called it a “proactive approach” to prevent malfunctions in the future at the wind parks. Buda said turbine blades run the gearboxes, which are located in a turbine’s nacelle. The nacelle houses . . .
The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line. This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers. “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy sector source who sought anonymity, adding that the government could be absorbing a Sh700 million monthly . . .
SCURRY COUNTY, Texas – A Colorado City man was electrocuted Thursday at a wind farm in Scurry County. It happened at an Invenergy wind farm in Camp Springs, which is east of Snyder, the company confirmed to KTXS on Monday. The Snyder Daily News reports that the victim was identified as 29-year-old Cody Lee Hubbard. Hubbard was working at the top of a wind turbine when he was fatally shocked. It took crews from Scurry County EMS, Snyder Fire Department, . . .
Offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas has taken down a prototype of its flagship V164 turbine that caught fire for as-yet unknown reasons at the Østerild national test site in Denmark in order to better determine the cause of the incident. “We looked at many different scenarios with the investigative teams on how best to determine and confirm the root cause of the incident,” chief technology officer Torben Hvid Larsen said. “We are following the recommendation of the lead investigators . . .
ONTARIO – Ontario Local Schools board of education will enter into mediation with Rock Road Wind to resolve a dispute over the company’s wind turbine at Stingel Elementary. “It’s been broken for nearly a year, and we want to get it resolved that that thing gets fixed,” board of education president Sam VanCura said. “According to the contract, it’s not our liability to fix it.” After a conversation with the board’s attorney in executive session, the board voted 4-0 Tuesday . . .