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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.

November 15, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Dangerous’ wind turbine concerns

Calls are growing for a “dangerous” school wind turbine to be taken down after parts of it have come off for the THIRD time. Leading Copeland councillor David Moore has demanded the structure in in the grounds of Seascale Primary School is removed immediately amid safety fears. The school, in Croft Head Road, Seascale, has also described the latest incident as “unacceptable”, pledging to decommission it without “100 per cent” guarantees this will never happen again. Mr Moore, who has . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Dangerous’ Seascale wind turbine removal call

A “dangerous” wind turbine in a school ground in Cumbria is a “risk to the community”, a local councillor said. Councillor David Moore spoke out after “big lumps” of the structure at Seascale Primary School flew off and landed in a nearby garden. It is the third such incident since the turbine was installed in 2010. The school said it was talking to engineers and pledged to decommission it if there was not a “100% guarantee” it could never happen . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Ireland fined €5m plus daily penalty of €15,000 over landslides at Galway wind farm

The EU’s Court of Justice has fined the State €5m over its failure to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides linked to the construction of a wind farm in the west of Ireland in 2003. The penalty is set to increase further as EU’s top court set an additional daily fine of €15,000 until the Government achieves compliance with environmental legislation on assessing the impact of the wind farm Derrybrien, Co Galway. The fine is due to . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£1bn Rampion wind farm will be shut for weeks due to fault

A billion-pound wind farm has been closed for more than two weeks after a technical fault brought it to a standstill. Rampion Wind Farm, which is 13km off the Sussex coast, is still out of commission after an electrical problem on October 26. A spokeswoman for Rampion said the repairs would be complicated and time-consuming. “A fault has occurred on our High Voltage electrical system,” she said. “We are in the process of repairing this and will have the wind . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Ireland fined €5m plus penalties over Co Galway wind farm

The State has been fined €5m over its failure to assess the environmental impact of a wind farm in south Co Galway. Further penalties of €15,000 a day will be imposed until Ireland complies with a 2008 instruction to properly examine the consequences of the 70-turbine development. The Court of Justice of the European Union rejected arguments put forward by the State over its failures in relation to the Derrybrien Wind Farm. In a ruling delivered this morning, the court . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Rampion offshore wind farm shut down for more than a week

A £1bn offshore wind farm has been out of action for more than a week. The Rampion project, off the Sussex coast between Brighton and Worthing, has been shut down since 26 October due to a fault in an electrical distribution system. Power for about 350,000 homes is generated from the farm’s 116 turbines, which were opened in November 2018. The outage would have “no impact on energy supply” in the area, the National Grid said. The wind farm’s operators . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Kern County Fire working to put out wind turbine fire in Mojave

Kern County Fire has confirmed that a wind turbine caught fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mojave causing a grass fire. Fire officials told Scripps station KERO in Bakersfield the wind turbine is located on the west-side of Highway 14 and crew members are working to put the fire out. A vegetation fire was contained after the flames from the wind turbine fell onto the grass area, according to Kern County Fire. Officials said the grass fire has been contained. . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Sitting still: Malfunction shuts down wind turbines

Like birds poised for flight, the blades of many wind turbines at Diamond Vista Wind Farm in northern Marion County have not been turning for a while. A transformer malfunction shut down eight of the farm’s 12 circuits on Oct. 6. Four circuits at the west end of the wind farm are still functioning. Technicians from the company that manufactured the transformer were called to check it out and at first thought it would need to be transported back to . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2019 • Sri LankaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire at a wind farm in Puttalam

Oct 29, Colombo: A fire has broken out at a private wind power plant in Daluwa, Puttalam last evening. Investigations carried out by the Norochcholai Police have revealed that the fire was caused by a technical fault which occurred inside one of the wind turbines. Residents have seen the fire erupting near the top of the wind turbine and pieces falling to the ground. The wind turbine, 100 meters in height, supplies two megawatts to the national grid. No casualties . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls off windmill, narrowly missing homes in Ocean Gate

One of the blades of a wind turbine in Ocean County fell off, narrowly missing some homes. It happened in Ocean Gate around 10:45 a.m. Samantha Albin says that it was like something out of a movie. “It was really scary. It was kind of like one of those ‘Final Destination’ things,” she says. Albin was at home when the blade fell off the wind turbine. “I heard a really loud boom. I thought it was maybe like a car . . . Complete story »

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