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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.


March 26, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne en feu au parc de la Bouleste, à Flavin

[translate article to English] L’alerte a été donnée ce mardi 24 mars peu avant 10 heures par un agriculteur riverain des lieux du sinistre. Neuf pompiers et plusieurs gendarmes dépêchés, un impressionnant panache de fumée, visible à plusieurs kilomètres… et un risque de chute de la génératrice, en proie aux flammes. La situation était tendue, ce mardi matin, aux abords du parc éolien de la Bouleste, à Flavin, où l’une des cinq éoliennes du site a pris feu peu avant 10 . . . Complete story »


March 11, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Weekend wind turbine fire leaves more questions than answers on public’s safety

TAFT – It was a normal lazy Sunday before area fire crews got a call that a wind turbine was on fire on County Road 3683, in between Taft and Portland. Needless to say, this was the first call of this kind that any of the county fire stations had received since the wind turbines started sprouting like weeds a few years ago. “I could smell an electrical type smell for a good while, and my mom smelled it too,” . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Flying wind turbine parts stop game

A damaged wind turbine halted a football game at the weekend. The County League game between Aspatria and Cockermouth was called off because of fears for the players’ safety. The two sets of players were getting ready for kick off when two covers from the wind turbine at the ground were blown across the pitch. The game had been moved to Netherhall Community Sports Centre all-weather pitch in Maryport, because the teams’ own pitches were waterlogged. Referee Graham Young said: . . . Complete story »


March 2, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Flügel bricht von Windrad bei Stofferstorf ab | Wind turbine blade breaks off

Verletzt wurde durch den abgebrochenen Flügel einer Windkraftanlage bei Stofferstorf niemand. Wie es dazu kam, ist bislang unklar. Alle nebenstehenden Anlagen stehen nun allerdings still. [subscription at source required to read more] Complete story »


February 25, 2020 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Record £30.9m paid to turn off wind farms

Wind farms were paid a record sum to switch off in January after the failure of a subsea cable to carry the electricity they generate. The £30.9 million paid out by National Grid ultimately will be funded by homes and businesses through their energy bills. It comes after the latest outage on the Western Link cable that is co-owned by National Grid, which coincided with a period of record high wind power output. The biggest recipient was Scottish Power, the . . . Complete story »


February 24, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire between Taft and Portland

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A video shows a wind turbine with flames and smoke coming out of it. It happened a little after 5 p.m. on County Road 3367 between Taft and Portland. Local officials say that they have no choice but to let the fire burn itself out. They are currently trying to figure out who the wind turbine belongs to so they can contact them to turn off the electricity. The area is being kept clear in case any . . . Complete story »


February 17, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Ausgebranntes Windrad in Nordhessen weiter einsturzgefährdet

[A wind turbine went up in flames between Körle and Guxhagen. The fire department could do nothing but let the fire go out on its own. (translate article to English)] Aus noch ungeklärter Ursache ist am Samstagnachmittag eine Windkraftanlage zwischen Körle und dem Guxhagener Stadtteil Albshausen (Schwalm-Eder) in Brand geraten. Das Feuer war nach Angaben eines Sprechers der Guxhagener Feuerwehr gegen 16 Uhr an der Antriebswelle ausgebrochen und erst in den Abendstunden von selbst erloschen. Die Feuerwehr konnte aufgrund der Höhe . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Sturm „Victoria“ beschädigt Windkraftanlage in Emsdetten

Sturmböen haben in der Eifel, bei Aachen und im Sauerland erneut heftig gewütet. Umgeknickte Bäume und abgerissene Äste blockierten Bahngleise und Straßen. In Emsdetten hielt eine 30 Jahre alte Windkraftanlage nicht stand. Bei Rheine mussten etwa 200 Reisende einen IC verlassen. Ausläufer des Orkantiefs „Victoria“ sind am Sonntag mit schweren Sturmböen über NRW gefegt – zum Wochenbeginn lässt der Wind aber nach. Auch die Temperaturen fallen: Nach ungewöhnlich milden Temperaturen vor allem am Sonntag wird der Montag deutlich kühler, sagte . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

No more turbine

The controversial wind turbine in Co-op City that was blown down by gusty winds at the end of 2019 will not return. On Thursday, February 6, Councilman Andy King, Senator Jamaal Bailey and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto held a press conference at the site, where it was announced that the turbine would not be rebuilt. On Monday, December 30, the turbine collapsed sending another monopole on the property crashing into a parked car. The structure was built at 500 Baychester Avenue, . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad steht an der A 14 bei Leisnig in Flammen – Feuerwehr lässt es abbrennen

[Wind turbine on fire on the A14 near Leisnig] Im Windpark zwischen Strocken und Gallschütz in der Nähe von Leisnig brannte in der Nacht zum Dienstag ein Windrad. Die Kameraden der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Leisnig rückten gegen 1.45 Uhr aus. Derzeit sichern die Mitarbeiter der Herstellerfirma das Umfeld ab. [translate to English] Complete story »


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