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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 and copyrighted by the organizations or individuals noted. They are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


June 11, 2019 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Safety crackdown after string of fires hit wind and solar batteries

South Korea has ordered a string of extra safety measures after a months-long investigation into 23 fires at battery energy storage systems (ESS), most linked to wind and solar plants. Government officials blamed a range of factors for the blazes, which broke out over the course of a year and prompted the suspension of more than 500 ESS facilities in the country. South Korea is among the leaders in lithium-ion ESS technology globally thanks to the success of suppliers such . . . Complete story »


June 6, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine falls off interstate ramp, shuts it down

Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) A massive wind turbine is shutting down parts of the interstate in the metro after it fell off a ramp. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says it happened on the Eastbound I-94 to Northbound I-29 in Fargo ramp–It’s now closed. People are urged to find alternative routes. As of around noon on Wednesday, the Highway Patrol says that ramp could be closed for a couple of hours. Stay with Valley News Live as we follow . . . Complete story »


June 3, 2019 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

St. Cloud VA pulls the plug on its clunker wind turbine

Talk about a bust. A multimillion-dollar wind turbine that was projected to generate electricity for the St. Cloud VA health campus is scheduled to be demolished in July after being plagued by problems ever since its blades first turned eight years ago. “We had 215 acres of land in a handy spot to put a wind turbine and satisfactory winds,” said Barry Venable, a spokesman for the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. But, he added, “It spun sporadically for . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2019 • New Mexico, Oklahoma, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

US wind turbine collapses ‘not linked’, says GE

GE Renewable Energy said it is treating the collapse of two of its machines within months as “separate and isolated incidents”, as latest research on the issue seen by Recharge says the wind industry needs a better understanding of the complex interaction of factors that can bring turbines down. A GE 2.4-107 turbine crumpled to the ground at the Chisholm View 2 wind farm in Oklahoma last week, prompting the launch of an investigation at the project, which entered service . . . Complete story »


May 30, 2019 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

St. Cloud VA wind turbine to be demolished in July

ST. CLOUD – The wind turbine on the St. Cloud VA campus will be coming down later this summer. VA Spokesman Barry Venable says demolition will take place July 15th through the 24th and cost over $326,000 to remove. Last year, the St. Cloud VA commissioned a study to look at whether the turbine could be repaired or destroyed. In the end, the cost of trying to fix the turbine outweighed its potential energy savings. Venable says they hired a contractor . . . Complete story »


May 23, 2019 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses outside Hunter; cause under investigation

HUNTER, Okla. – Enel Green Power North America is investigating why a wind turbine belonging to the company collapsed Tuesday, May 21, 2019, near this rural community. “Enel Green Power North America is working with the turbine manufacturer GE to investigate an incident that occurred yesterday involving a turbine failure at our Chisholm View II wind project in Grant County, Oklahoma,” the company said Wednesday in a statement. The wind farm’s footprint extends into both Grant and Garfield counties. According to . . . Complete story »


May 23, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Blade breaks off wind turbine in Garden Peninsula

A blade on a wind turbine in the Garden peninsula broke on Wednesday morning. According to Heritage Sustainable Energy, the safety features in the turbine engaged automatically and the turbine shut down immediately. Nobody was injured and Heritage says that they implemented their safety protocols and the area is secured. The team at Heritage is working to determine the cause of the break and the next steps to take to repair it. Heritage Sustainable Energy has been operating 14 wind . . . Complete story »


May 3, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

More wind power getting ‘stuck’ upstate

The state isn’t harvesting increasing amounts of wind energy because it can’t be delivered to power-hungry downstate where it is needed, and if more wind farms go up that problem will only grow worse unless new transmission lines are built. “This is something for us to keep our eyes on as more wind gets deployed,” said Richard Dewey, an executive vice president for the New York Independent System Operator (ISO). The not-for-profit group oversees the state’s minute-by-minute supply of electricity . . . Complete story »


April 29, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire in Worth County

WORTH COUNTY, Iowa – A wind turbine caught fire Sunday night, according to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office. It happened near the intersection of 410th Street and Vine Avenue. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Grafton and Northwood Fire responded. The fire destroyed the nacelle, which houses the main components of the turbine, as well as parts of the blades and tower. Strong winds also carried some debris out into nearby fields. Mason City Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Beemer was not . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine heavily damaged in City of Kawartha Lakes

A 5,400-kilogram blade on a wind turbine exploded and shredded near Pontypool in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Saturday morning. Officials are investigating after a wind turbine in the City of Kawartha Lakes was heavily damaged on the weekend. On Saturday morning around 9 a.m., residents of the community of Pontypool reported a loud screeching noise. They discovered one of the blades on a huge wind turbine was bent. Some of the 45-metre-long blade fell to the ground. John . . . Complete story »


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