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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 27, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Crane tips over at Prevailing Wind Park construction site

TRIPP – A crane tipped over at a construction site where wind turbines are being erected for the Prevailing Wind Park about 10 miles southwest of Tripp Wednesday morning. Bon Homme County Sheriff Mark Maggs said his office received a call from the site to inform them of the incident, but since it occurred on private property there was no investigation planned. He said there were no injuries reported. SPower Vice President of Wind Peter Pawlowski, who represents the company building . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Crane collapses near Tripp

TRIPP – An investigation continues into Wednesday’s tipping over of a crane – believed to be 600 feet in height – at a $297 million wind farm near Tripp. The Prevailing Wind Park, scheduled for completion later this year, is permitted for 61 turbines producing a maximum of 219.6 megawatts. The project will cover about 50,000 acres in Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Hutchinson counties. sPower, a wind and solar energy company, is working with the project. The crane that tipped was used . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Worker killed, another critically injured in Newton wind tower plant accident

NEWTON, Iowa – One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday in an accident at a wind tower manufacturing plant in Newton. Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik said the Newton Fire Department responded to the Arcosa Wind Towers plant, at 801 N 19th Ave E., between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday because of an accident involving employees. Two employees were transported to metro hospitals, one by air ambulance. Arcosa spokesperson, Jeff Eller, tells Channel 13 one of those . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Rotorblatt von Windkraftanlage zwischen Hanstedt I und Brauel abgebrochen

Sturmböen der Stärke zehn hinterließen auch bei einem Windrad am Morgen zwischen Hanstedt I und Brauel einen bleibenden Schaden. Wie bereits im Februar 2019 brach erneut ein Rotorblatt eines Windrades ab (AZ berichtete). Verletzte gab es keine. Nach Auskunft von Polizeisprecher Kai Richter sei dasselbe Windrad betroffen wie vor knapp acht Monaten. Erst im Juli hatte die Betreiberfirma Energiekontor die Flügel des lädierten Windrads erneuern lassen. Zur möglichen Ursache war von Energiekontor, das bei Brauel vier Windkraftanlagen betreibt, zunächst noch . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying turbine blade rolls in Tas

A truck driver has had a lucky escape after his vehicle rolled on a rural Tasmanian road while carrying a giant wind turbine blade. Highland Lakes Road, at Apsley in the state’s Central Highlands region, isn’t expected to be cleared until late on Thursday night. Inspector Philippa Burk told reporters it’s extremely lucky the driver wasn’t hurt. “He managed to get free of the truck as it was falling over,” she said. The loaded truck weighing 60 tonnes toppled around . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

70m wind turbine blade blocks road after truck rollover near Bothwell in Tasmania

A 60-tonne truck has rolled over near Bothwell, in Tasmania’s central highlands, leaving a 68-metre-long wind turbine blade that costs $300,000 across the road. The incident at 5:30am left the Highland Lakes Road at Apsley unpassable and it is not expected to reopen until at least midnight. Police said there were no reported injuries. The truck driver transporting the wind turbine was able to leave the cabin of the freight liner prime mover before it rolled. Drivers were asked to . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike blamed for wind turbine blade damage at Lal Lal Wind Farm

Lal Lal Wind Farm operators have confirmed a lightning strike caused a giant wind turbine blade to break and fall to the ground during a storm on Sunday. About 6.40pm, during the storm, a blade fell to the ground from a V-136 3.6 megawatt turbine. Vestas, which operates the Lal Lal Wind Farm east of Ballarat, said there were no injuries and no further damage to the turbine structure as a result of the loss of the blade. “The area . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine loses blade at Lal Lal Windfarm

Eagle-eyed residents near the Lal Lal Windfarm have spotted a wind turbine missing one of its three blades. Thought to have occurred last night, locals have noticed the turbines at Spreadeagle Road near Yendon have not been running this morning. A spokesperson for Lal Lal Windfarm has confirmed their technical team is investigating after one of the blades from their V136-3.6 megawatt turbine broke. It’s estimated the blade came adrift around 6:40pm, the same time as the storm passed through . . . Complete story »

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 »

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