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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

July 22, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Broken blade parts from Vineyard Wind turbine reach Cape

Debris from the damaged GE Vernova wind turbine blade was found about 3.5 miles southeast of Monomoy Island in Chatham, according to Vineyard Wind. After the Chatham harbormaster’s office reported on Friday afternoon that debris was in that area, nine vessels were dispatched there, according to a press release from Vineyard Wind. Debris was recovered around 4:30 p.m. and smaller debris was later found nearby. Vessels continued to collect debris throughout Friday evening and during the day Saturday. Beginning at . . . Complete story »

July 22, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

More debris from damaged wind turbine found off the coast of Nantucket

Additional debris from a damaged offshore wind turbine was found Sunday morning off the coast of Nantucket, three days after a large part of the turbine’s blade fell into the ocean and a week after fiberglass chunks began washing ashore, company officials said. The Nantucket Harbormaster reported Sunday morning that debris from the damaged wind turbine blade, part of the Vineyard Wind project and manufactured by GE Vernova, appeared offshore near Madequecham Valley Road just south of Nantucket Memorial Airport, . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

The broken wind turbine near Nantucket was not the first

The massive offshore wind turbine blade that broke and spread fiberglass and foam debris across Nantucket beaches this week was one of several recent failures of blades made by GE Vernova – a top US wind turbine manufacturer. Several GE Vernova blades have broken on onshore and offshore turbines in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the United Kingdom in recent years. The broken blades were a variety of different sizes and types, and the company’s investigations revealed there were different root . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Broken Vineyard Wind turbine blade sinks to ocean floor

bostonglobe.com A massive section of a damaged 350-foot turbine blade from a wind farm off the coast of Nantucket that detached Thursday morning has sunk to the ocean floor, town officials said Friday. The large piece of fiberglass “will be recovered in due course,” they said. “Approximately half of the fiberglass shell of the blade remains attached, while most of the foam fill dislodged during the initial failure last Saturday,” Nantucket officials said in an update posted on the town’s . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Nantucket residents are outraged after a damaged wind turbine riddled their beaches with debris

Residents blast turbine manufacturer and Vineyard Wind over the fallout at a public meeting Wednesday. After a damaged Vineyard wind turbine sent floating debris and sharp fiberglass across the south shore of Nantucket, residents aired their concerns at a public meeting Wednesday evening, railing against the turbine manufacturer and owner. Residents lined up in person and online during a live-streamed Nantucket Select Board meeting to criticize the developers and manufacturers behind the turbine. “What is the plan?” asked Vallorie Oliver, . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Coast Guard warns about debris from damaged Vineyard Wind turbine off Nantucket

More debris fell from a turbine Thursday morning at the controversial Vineyard Wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod. This time, it was a chunk almost as big as a football field, apparently the remainder of the blade that broke days earlier and sent debris floating onto beaches. Coast Guard bulletin The U.S. Coast Guard put out a bulletin to mariners that there was “…a piece of debris, 300-feet in length…use extreme caution.” “There were probably between six and . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2024 • Denmark, Print storyE-mail story

Mand mister livet i arbejdsulykke hos Vestas

[A Vestas employee has died in an accident at their facility in Nakskov] Mandlig ansat hos Vestas er død i en arbejdsulykke på vindmøllefabrikantens adresse i Nakskov, oplyser politi. Der er torsdag morgen sket en alvorlig arbejdsulykke på Vestas’ adresse i Nakskov. En mandlig ansat har mistet livet. Det oplyser vagtchef Heidi Grandt Andresen fra Sydsjællands og Lolland-Falsters Politi. – Vi er til stede på Vingevej i Nakskov i forbindelse med en alvorlig arbejdsulykke, siger hun. Politiet modtog anmeldelsen om . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Broken Vineyard Wind turbine blade could fall into ocean off Massachusetts “soon,” company says

More pieces of a broken wind turbine off the coast of Massachusetts are falling into the Atlantic Ocean. The CEO of Vineyard Wind was at Nantucket’s Select Board meeting Wednesday evening, apologizing and answering questions about the initial break when he suddenly had to leave because the situation is getting worse. The broken turbine blade could fall into the sea “soon,” the company said. Broken wind turbine The meeting was the first chance for residents of the island to speak . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Federal regulators shut down Vineyard Wind after turbine failure, “sharp fiberglass shards” wash ashore, Nantucket beaches closed

The federal government has ordered the Vineyard Wind farm to shut down until further notice because of a turbine blade failure this weekend. Several beaches were closed on Tuesday while crews worked to clean up “large floating debris and fiberglass shards” from the broken wind turbine blade off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. A total of six south shore Nantucket beaches were closed to swimming due to debris that washed ashore. “You can walk on the beaches, however we strongly . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2024 • Massachusetts, Print storyE-mail story

Broken Vineyard Wind turbine scatters debris along Nantucket’s south shore

Debris from a broken Vineyard Wind turbine washed up all over Nantucket’s south shore Tuesday morning, and the offshore energy company has announced a cleanup effort that includes sending a team to the island. Residents began reporting pieces of green and white foam, along with larger pieces of what appears to fiberglass, along southern Nantucket beaches at daybreak, stretching from Madaket out to Nobadeer. Vineyard Wind disclosed Monday that one of its turbine blades suffered damage Saturday during an “offshore . . . Complete story »

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