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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.

January 24, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Blade breaks on wind power turbine in Steuben County

A blade partially broke off one of the wind turbines at a Steuben County wind farm last week, causing concern among residents in town. The blade broke on one of the wind turbines on Pine Hill Road in the Town of Cohocton. No one witnessed the blade fall and no one was injured. Town Supervisor Judy Hall said there are three turbines in that area of Pine Hill Road, with three homes in the vicinity as well. Hall said the . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Blade breaks off wind turbine in Cohocton

COHOCTON – The Town of Cohocton will have an unexpected item on the agenda tonight when the council meets at 7 p.m. in Atlanta. A blade partially broke off one of the wind turbines on Pine Hill Road Friday. Though no one witnessed the blade fall to the earth and no one was injured during the incident, the failure has caused concern among residents in the town. Town Supervisor Judy Hall said there are three turbines in that area of Pine . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Documents detail harrowing attempts to save Chehalis man at wind project site

When a trench partially collapsed on a coworker at the Skookumchuck Wind Project outside of Rainier on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9, 24-year-old Chehalis man Jonathan Stringer didn’t hesitate. He jumped in the hole with another worker and began attempting to save his buried colleague by digging out dirt and rocks with his bare hands. That’s when another collapse completely buried Stringer, prompting a harrowing ordeal during which about 25 other workers tried in frantic shifts to save him, . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine bursts into flames near Germany’s Bodenwerder

A fire in a wind turbine in Germany’s Lower Saxony on January 18 prompted warnings from local authorities to keep windows and doors closed in nearby areas while authorities tackled the blaze. A photo released by local police shows the blaze 100 meters up at the top of the tower supporting the turbine near Bodenwerder. This video captures the fire and shows flaming debris falling to the ground. The fire broke out around 5 pm, authorities said. The cause was . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Man who died in Skookumchuck Wind Farm trench collapse has been identified

Jonathan F. Stringer, 24, of Chehalis, was identified Monday as the man who died last week in a trench collapse, according to the Lewis County Coroner. The trench work was tied to the construction of the Skookumchuck Wind Farm, a 38-turbine project that is largely in Lewis County. The cause of death was mechanical asphyxiation; the manner of death was accidental, according to the coroner. A second worker was trapped in the collapse, which happened about 11 a.m. Thursday, but . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

1 killed in trench collapse at wind farm in Thurston County

One person was killed when a trench collapsed Thursday at a wind farm in Thurston County. According to the sheriff’s office, two employees were working at the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project when a trench collapsed on top of them. Crews rescued one person who was partially buried. The other person was completely covered and died. Authorities said the trench was being built near a logging road. The project is slated to add wind turbines to the wind farm. No further . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Roads closed north of Emporia after semi overturns

Road L and Road 240 were shut down for several hours Thursday after a semi tractor-trailer overturned. At 10:33 a.m. Thursday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Emporia-Lyon County EMS responded to the report of a rollover accident in the 2300 block of North Highway 99 – about five miles north of Emporia. According to Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Williams, an oversized 2018 tractor trailer hauling the base of a wind turbine failed to negotiate the curve while heading south . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2020 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Εύβοια: Οι θυελλώδεις βοριάδες γκρέμισαν τις ανεμογεννήτριες (εικόνας—photos)

[Euboia: Storm winds take down wind turbines – photos by Dimitris Stavridis] Ένα ολόκληρο αιολικό πάρκο, κατέστρεψαν ολοσχερώς οι άνεμοι στην Εύβοια. Η ταχύτητα τους ξεπέρασε και τα 140km/h , με αποτέλεσμα τις παρακάτω εικόνες! Πηγή εικόνας: Dimitris Stavridis Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut turbine removal on track

CONNEAUT – An eyesore in Conneaut’s harbor is to be removed this year A draft of the city’s 2020 budget includes $163,000 for demolition of the wind turbine. The turbine was struck by lightning in Feb. 2017 and has not functioned since. One of the blades was destroyed by the strike. After it sat idle for some time, the city sued and eventually took control of the turbine. Last year, council authorized City Manager Jim Hockaday to put out a request . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2020 • VietnamPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind farm turbine in central Vietnam

An 80-meter high wind turbine costing hundreds of thousands of dollars caught fire at the Phong Dien 1 Wind Farm Sunday. The farm in Tuy Phong District in the south central province of Binh Thuan has 20 turbines. Witnesses say black smoke billowed out of one of the turbines Sunday and there were explosive sounds before the blade fell to the ground. Due to the turbine’s height, the fire could not be put down by the wind farm’s staff and . . . Complete story »

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