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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.

April 13, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Third crane accident hits project installing giant GE wind turbines to power Google

A third crane accident has hit a project to install GE Renewable Energy’s largest onshore turbine platform at a Swedish wind farm that will supply Google. No one was hurt in the latest incident at the 175MW Bjorkvattnet project almost 500km north of Stockholm, its developer told Recharge. The early April accident follows the collapse of a large crane amid severe weather in January that added to Covid-related delays at Bjorkvattnet, which is using GE’s 5.3MW Cypress turbines, and in . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

A fallen giant: Wind turbine comes down following Friday fire

Jamie Hall, Ada village administrator, provided the Icon with several photos of the Ohio Northern University wind turbine that caught on fire early Friday morning. His photos are posted here. Watch the Icon for additional details of the fire this week. Here’s what we know about the fire today: Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department was called to a wind turb fire reported at 4:31 a.m., Friday morning (March 26), according to the Ada police report. The turbine at Klingler Road and . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

ONU wind turbine blaze

Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department was called to a wind turb fire reported at 4:31 a.m., Friday morning (March 26), according to the Ada police report. The turbine at Klingler Road and County Road 50 is one of three on the Ohio Northern University campus. According to Northern Review @NorthernOnLine, Klingler Road and part of the “Green Monster” were temporarily blocked off as crews attempted to put out the blaze. The two photos are by Doug DeNoi of the Northern Review. . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dumfries and Galloway couple temporarily halt business after remote road damaged by overturned windfarm crane

A couple claim their business is “not sustainable” until repairs are carried out to a road damaged by a giant overturned crane. Fiona Clubb has temporarily called a halt to the hay delivery firm she runs with husband Jim as the B729 between Carsphairn and Moniaive has been closed until repair work is completed. Last week saw the removal of two cranes which went off different roads on their way to Statkraft’s Windy Rig Wind Farm development last month. But . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Family of Chehalis man killed at wind farm site settles wrongful death claim for $12 million

The family of a Chehalis wind farm worker who died last year while on the job has settled a wrongful death claim for $12 million after filing suit in King County Superior Court. Pierce County Superior Court Judge James Orlando approved the settlement to the estate of Chehalis man Jonathan F. Stringer on Feb. 26. The settlement, according to probate case documents filed in the court, is believed to be “one of the largest payments for the wrongful death of . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine destroyed by fire in Ada

A wind turbine at Ohio Northern University in Ada was destroyed by fire early this morning. According to Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley, firefighters were dispatched around 4:30 this morning to the Klinger Road at County Road 50. The three turbines at that location are on the Ohio Northern University campus. Chief Epley said the number 3 turbine was the one that caught fire. He said his department has been instructed to not approach the turbines in the event of . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2021 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blade blocks westbound Interstate 80 traffic near Gretna

Authorities advised westbound Interstate 80 drivers traveling with plans to travel past Gretna should find an alternate route after a turbine blade slipped onto the roadway. Sarpy County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Percifield tweeted a photo of the blade, noting that drivers would not be able to get past the Highway 31 exit at Gretna until the turbine was removed. Percifield told 6 News weather played a role in the accident. “Weather did make the shoulder soft, causing it to get . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine failure probe begins

Popular walking routes around a wind farm remain closed as engineers continue to probe why a huge blade became dislodged from a towering turbine last week. No-one was hurt during the incident – which occurred at about 3pm last Friday at the EDF-run Park Spring Wind Farm near Grimethorpe – but ramblers have been urged to avoid the area while debris is removed from the site. Little Houghton Parish Council’s Kevin Osborne, who was at the site an hour after . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas wind farms face billion-dollar losses from blackouts in ‘illegal wealth transfer’

Dozens of wind farms in Texas have been left reeling from billions of dollars of losses incurred during last month’s state-wide electrical grid failure, even though the industry played a minor role in the power generation shortages that crippled much of the state. Those facilities either shut down, under-performed or were unable to fully export power during all or part of a week of historically cold winter weather because of blade icing, low wind resource, onsite electrical supply issues, and . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Chunk of wind turbine debris crashes onto South Yorkshire path

A wind farm has been shut down and popular public footpaths cordoned off after a huge chunk of debris flew off a turbine and crash to the ground near Barnsley. A loud bang was heard on Friday afternoon when parts of the turbine crashed on the nearby path. Parish councillor Kevin Osbourne, who has called for a safety investigation, said it was lucky no-one was hurt after the failure at Park Spring Wind Farm near Little Houghton. He said the . . . Complete story »

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