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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.


September 11, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Crisfield wind turbine underperforming in expected savings

The turbine, a $4.1 million project, was expected to save the city $10,000 a month in electric. But City Manager Rick Pollitt says the turbine has never generated that much in savings. “There was some original assumptions that the electricity produced would totally take care of our wastewater treatment plant and maybe even have some left over to sell back to the grid. That’s not happening, but we have seen a sharp reduction of our in house electricity bills by . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Worker hurt after fifth GE wind turbine collapse this year

General Electric faces new questions over the safety of its wind turbines after the fifth collapse this year left a worker injured in Brazil. The worker is being treated for injuries after the incident at the Delta 6 wind farm operated by Omega Energia in Maranhao state. A GE statement sent to Recharge said: “On 3 September, a GE turbine collapsed at the Delta 6 wind park, located at Paulino Neves, Maranhao. “During the collapse, three GE employees were at . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

GE investigates new wind turbine collapse in Brazil

General Electric Co is investigating the cause of another accident involving wind power equipment it built and installed on a wind farm in Brazil operated by power company Omega, the two companies said on Thursday. On Tuesday, a GE wind turbine fell to the ground from its tower at the Delta 6 wind farm in Brazil’s northern Maranhao state. A worker is being treated for injuries. Two months ago another turbine made by GE collapsed in Brazil when its tower . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning apparently damages windmill blade

The north country woke up to thunderstorms Wednesday morning and apparently the lightning damaged a windmill blade in Lewis County. A picture of the damage was taken by the folks at Moser’s Mapleridge Farm on Wilson Road in the town of Denmark. They told 7 News they believe the lightning made a hit on the windmill and weakened it. It was a little later, as the turbine was spinning, that the top piece fell off. Complete story »


September 5, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Morning storm left a Copenhagen Wind Farm Turbine short a blade

COPENHAGEN – A turbine blade in the Copenhagen Wind Farm was a casualty of an intermittent but severe thunder and lightning storm that swept across Lewis County on Wednesday morning. The damaged turbine is on Moser’s Mapleridge Farm, 3981 Wilson Rd., although the blade damage can be seen from nearby state Route 26. At about 9:30 a.m., a text came to April Moser’s phone from her husband Vaughn Moser, saying he and some men moving drums of maple syrup heard a . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blamed for Rhodes Ranch 3 Fire in Mulberry Canyon south of Merkel

A motor on a wind turbine caught fire and is blamed for sparking a wildfire Monday in Mulberry Canyon in southwest Taylor County that has burned about 250 acres. The Texas A&M Forest Service was called about 6:30 p.m. Monday to assist several volunteer fire departments to fight the wildfire northwest of the intersection of FM 89 and County Road 351. The area is about 26 miles southwest of Abilene. By Tuesday afternoon, the fire was 60 percent contained, according . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine that caught fire was last serviced in January

You can still see smoke coming off the ground a day after the fire that was started by a wind turbine Monday afternoon. “As a result of the embers coming off of that, it created this wildfire,” said Mary Leathers, Public Information Officer for The Texas A&M Forest Service. The Texas A&M Forest Service brought in the heavy air tanker, the single-engineer tankers and type one helicopter to help them. “When they make a drop, they know when to tag . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine company issues statement regarding Rhodes Ranch 3 fire

AES, the company that maintains the wind turbine that caught fire and sparked a bigger blaze has issued a statement regarding the incident. The wind turbine in Taylor County ignited Monday afternoon, sending sparks flying from 250 feet in the air. Those sparks eventually caused a much larger fire, which grew to at least 200 acres. On Tuesday, AES issued the following statement: In response to the Monday evening wind turbine fire at the Buffalo Gap site in Abilene, TX, . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Taylor Co. wind turbine fire sparks bigger blaze

Several fire crews are working to contain and extinguish a large fire in Taylor County. According to a Facebook post made by the View Volunteer Fire Department, (VVFD), Mulberry Canyon VFD, Ecca VFD, Blackwell VFD, Merkel VFD, Nolan VFD, and the Texas Forest Service are all on hand fighting the fire that was sparked from a wind turbine fire earlier Monday. The Texas Forest Service says the fire is estimated at 100 acres and is currently 10% contained, according to . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire south of Merkel

A wind turbine caught on fire in southwest Taylor County late Monday afternoon. Crews were dispatched to the scene near County Road 351 south of Merkel around 5:30 p.m. Monday, where the turbine was in flames. There is currently no word on how the fire started. Stick with BigCountryHomepage.com for more information as it becomes available. Complete story »


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