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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.


August 9, 2020 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad brennt im Pustertal – Video

Einsatz für die Feuerwehr: Die Wehrmänner müssen ein brennendes Windrad löschen. Eine Windkraftanlage hat am Samstag gegen 10.20 Uhr in Rein in Taufers (Gemeinde Sand in Taufers) Feuer gefangen. Die Freiwillige Feuerwehr sperrte den Gefahrenbereich weiträumig ab. Den Wehrmännern gelang es, den Brand zu löschen. Im Einsatz stand die Freiwillige Feuerwehr von Rein in Taufers. Dank der großen Reichweite mit dem Monitor des TLF-Rein konnte das Objekt aus sicherer Entfernung gekühlt und das Feuer gelöscht werden. Da die FF. Rein . . . Complete story »


July 21, 2020 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Old windmill collapses in Jaisalmer, none hurt

Jaisalmer: A windmill collapsed on Monday at Bada Bagh, just 5 km away from Jaisamer district headquarters. There was no one near the windmill at the time of the incident, thereby averting a big tragedy. It is said that the windmill, that belonged to a private company, was very old and needed maintenance. Wind energy companies in Jaisalmer have special identity in power generation and have set up their windmills. However, the officers appointed for their upkeep have been negligent . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Game Ranch Fire continues to burn in Nolan County 5 days later, land owners worried

NOLAN COUNTY, Texas – Shane Robertson is upset that a wind turbine caught fire on his 1,200 acre land and burned about 300 acres of his property. “I’m still grateful for what they do and produce and income and economy that they provide for our area, but at the same time they have to be safe,” said Robertson. The Game Ranch Fire is located north of FM 89 near the Nolan/Taylor County line. It started Monday afternoon and was still considered . . . Complete story »


July 17, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

After investigation, L&I fines three companies for wind farm incident that killed Chehalis man

Three companies connected with the Skookumchuck Wind Farm project located on the Thurston-Lewis county border have been collectively fined more than $500,000 by the Department of Labor and Industries in connection with a January trench collapse that killed a 24-year-old Chehalis man, according to a Thursday new release from the state agency. An investigation by Labor and Industries found that the companies had operated with “numerous safety violations in connection with the incident.” Renewable Energy Systems-Americas (RES-Americas) System 3 LLC . . . Complete story »


July 15, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine sparks wildfire in Nolan County

NOLAN COUNTY, Texas – Firefighters battled a wildfire in Nolan County. Sweetwater Fire Chief said the Game Ranch Fire, located just north of FM 89 near the Nolan/Taylor County line, was sparked by a wind turbine. As of Monday evening, the fire had burned 1,500 acres, and was 30-percent contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service is working with Sweetwater FD, Lake Sweetwater VFD, Mulberry Canyon VFD and Nolan County VFD to put out the fire. Complete story »


July 14, 2020 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Crane falls across TR 220 Saturday

A crane installing a wind turbine toppled over at the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in southern Hardin County. The incident was reported at just before 8 this past Saturday morning. The crane toppled over and the boom fell across Township Road 220. No injuries were reported. There were strong wind gusts reported in the area at the time. A Taylor Creek Township trustee told the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office that the road could be closed at least a week. (The . . . Complete story »


June 6, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Nabe mit Rotorblättern abgestürzt | Rotor hub with 3 blades crashes to ground

Altenberge – Am frühen Dienstagmorgen ist in Altenberge die Rotornabe einer Windkraftanlage abgestürzt. Mit der Nabe sind alle drei Rotorblätter abgefallen. Ein einmaliges Ereignis, sagt die Betreiber-Gesellschaft Encavis. Das sei in Deutschland vorher noch nie passiert. Complete story »


June 4, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Tractor-trailer fire delays interstate traffic in South Burlington

A tractor-trailer fire shut down part of Interstate 89 south for about a half-hour on Tuesday. It happened near mile marker 87 in South Burlington. The South Burlington Fire Department kept the fire from spreading from the tractor to the trailer, which was carrying a massive turbine blade. The tractor was destroyed. The driver was not hurt. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Complete story »


June 2, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying massive wind turbine blade topples over on SH45

A truck transporting the first giant turbine blade destined for use on a South Taranaki wind farm tipped on its side along State Highway 45 on Tuesday. The 64 metre-long blade was one of two supposed to be taken from Port Taranaki in the early hours of the morning heading for the $227 million Waipipi Wind Farm being developed near Waverley by Tilt Renewables. While police were alerted to the incident, near the intersection of the SH45 and Hampton Rd, . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty blades hamper wind farm production (Part 2)

“All 82 turbines will be commissioned by 12/31/2019, there is no material work planned for 2020,” EDF Community Relations coordinator Jinnie Hall asserted for a Cherokee County Glaciers Edge Wind Project wrap-up story that was published in the CT on Jan 6, 2020. However, the unexpected sight of a broken turbine blade at a site in Marcus Township before the New Year clearly put the kibosh on Hall’s assertion. A three-day period of ice, sleet and high winds enveloped NW . . . Complete story »


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