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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 7, 2019 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine falls off truck causing delays for morning commuters

Morning commuters were at a standstill when a piece of a wind turbine fell off a truck in Pensacola. The police department tweeted a wind turbine fell off a truck on Hayne and Blount Street just over an hour ago. According to witnesses, the flatbed truck was making a turn and piece of the wind turbine just slide off blocking Hayne and Blount streets. At 9:18 a.m., Pensacola Police told Channel 3 News Blount was reopened but Hayne will remain . . . Complete story »


February 5, 2019 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Aljezur wind farm fire shines further light on ‘security failings’

Wind farms and their ‘huge security failings’ are back in the public eye in the Algarve this week after a turbine caught fire in Espinhaço de Cão, outside Aljezur, on Saturday, sending ‘incandescent material’ falling to the ground over a radius of 80m. Fire chief Mário Costa has admitted that if this incident had happened in the summer, his station would have had a “much more complicated forest fire” on its hands. As it was, firefighters were able to establish . . . Complete story »


February 5, 2019 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine fire near Aljezur raises safety issues

A turbine at a wind farm in the western Algarve caught fire on Saturday, showering the countryside with red hot material. The wind turbine at Espinhaço de Cão, in the Aljezur area, is said to be well past its useful life and local fire chiefs have complained of the security of these machines and the threat they cause to the surrounding countryside. Thankfully, the ground was sodden due to recent rains but has this incident occurred in the dry months, . . . Complete story »


January 31, 2019 • TurkeyPrint storyE-mail story

Fire in Hatay wind turbine

İlçeye bağlı Şenoba Mahallesi’nde, elektrik üretmek üzere faaliyet gösteren rüzgar türbinlerinden birinde henüz bilinmeyen bir nedenle dumanlar yükselmeye başladı. Bölgede elektrik kesildi Yangın, rüzgarın da etkisiyle kısa sürede türbinin tamamını sardı. İhbar üzerine olay yerine jandarma ve itfaiye ekipleri sevk edildi. Alınan güvenlik tedbirlerinin ardından yetkililerce bölgede elektrik kesildi. Görgü tanıkları, öğle saatlerinde hafif bir duman çıkmaya başladığını hemen itfaiye ve jandarmaya haber verdiklerini aktarırken, yangının sonradan büyüdüğünü ve tamamen yandıktan sonra kendiliğinden söndüğünü ifade ettiler. Complete story »


January 17, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad geht in Flammen auf (Wind turbine goes up in flames)

Im Windpark Südgeorgsfehn (Gemeinde Uplengen) ist am Mittwochnachmittag eine 98 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage in Brand geraten. In der Regionalleitstelle und der Leitstelle Oldenburg gingen gegen 14:46 Uhr mehrere Notrufe ein. Das Feuer im Maschinenhaus der Anlage war u.a. von der Autobahn 28 aus deutlich zu sehen. Mehrere Feuerwehren aus der Gemeinde Uplengen wurden alarmiert. Die Leitstelle Oldenburg alarmierte parallel dazu noch Einsatzkräfte aus der Gemeinde Apen (LK Ammerland). Die Einsatzkräfte konnten jedoch nur zusehen, wie sich die Flammen durch das . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Bryn Blaen wind farm ‘not generating electricity’

People living near a wind farm in Powys claim it has not generated any electricity in nearly a year. Bryn Blaen wind farm near Llangurig has six turbines, each about 328ft (100m) tall with the potential to power 8,400 homes. But residents said they had not seen them working since February last year. Developer Njord Energy, which is building another wind farm near Llandrindod Wells, has been asked to comment. Planning permission for Bryn Blaen was refused by Powys council . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2019 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Repairs set to begin on turbine at Eastern Kings Wind Farm

Repairs are about to get underway on a wind turbine at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm, as officials try to determine the exact cause of the damage that took place in the days following a strong windstorm in November. “We really don’t know what happened. It was a catastrophic failure,” said Heather MacLeod, manager of energy assets with the PEI Energy Corporation. “Two blades came down. One was cracked … we’ll have to wait for the experts to get here . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2019 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Updated: Fire in windmill and property in Sørvad

Tirsdag eftermiddag er der gået ild i en Vestas-vindmølle på Agerfeldvej i Sørvad. Ilden spredte sig efterfølgende til en tolænget gård, hvor der ikke bor mennesker. Derimod har der været mellem 30 og 40 tyrekalve i bygningerne. Det oplyser Brand og Redning Midtvest. – Vindmøllen står sådan, at lige under er der en tolænget gård med de her tyrekalve. Vingerne er faldet ned i bygningen, og der er gået ild i stalden og hamlen derinde, som vi har prøvet at . . . Complete story »


December 31, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Decade old Saco wind turbine removed in November

SACO – After a decade of greeting motorists as they crossed over the Saco River to downtown Saco, the York Hill wind turbine was torn down in late November. The 100-foot-tall white structure had become a part of the city’s landscape. The city installed the wind turbine, manufactured by the Colorado-based company Entegrity Wind Systems, in 2008. The cost to purchase and install the turbine was about $200,000. The wind turbine came with a generous agreement from Entegrity Wind Systems, guaranteeing . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Thruway Authority sues maker of wind turbines that don’t work

Four years after spending $5 million to install wind turbines at four highway exits, the New York State Thruway Authority is now suing the company, contractor and consultants who installed them because the machines haven’t worked since last year. The authority on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Vergnet Group S.A., Prudent Engineering LLP, Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying PC, Kandey Company Inc. and CHA Consulting Inc., citing the failure of four turbines along the Thruway in Chautauqua and Erie counties. . . . Complete story »


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