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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.


September 29, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine blade breaks near Lewisville

HURON TOWNSHIP – A wind turbine blade near Lewisville broke in the Deerfield Wind Energy Project near the intersection of Kinde and Huron City Roads. “The site’s contained and Vestas is on site,” said Jeff Smith, Huron County Building and Zoning director Thursday. Vestas is the turbine manufacturer. An official with the Deerfield wind park and a Vestas employee in Bad Axe both refused comment Thursday afternoon. Adam Greene, site supervisor for Deerfield, suggested that the Tribune reach out to Vestas. . . .

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September 29, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine blade damaged

LEWISVILLE – A wind turbine blade broke near the corner of Kinde and Huron City roads near Lewisville Thursday morning. Look to michigansthumb.com as more details become available.

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September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Afgebrande windmolen staat nog overeind

De woensdag door brand vernielde windmolen in Zeewolde staat nog overeind. Aanvankelijk werd gevreesd dat de molen in zou kunnen storten of dat wieken af zouden kunnen breken. Maar vanmorgen was alles nog als gisteren. De regen heeft ook de laatste restjes rook verdreven. Volgens melkveehouder Geurt Kets, eigenaar van de molen aan het Lepelaarpad, moet de verzekering nu bepalen hoe groot de schade is. Verder moet worden onderzocht of het nog een optie is de turbine te repareren of . . .

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September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Monteurs lichtgewond bij brand in windmolen

Twee monteurs zijn woensdagmiddag gewond geraakt bij een brand in een windmolen aan het Lepelaarpad in Zeewolde. De mannen liepen verwondingen op aan hun handen, maar zijn veilig beneden gekomen. Woordvoerder Geertjan Veenstra van de brandweer meldt dat ze zijn onderzocht door ambulancepersoneel omdat ze ook rook hebben ingeademd. Het vuur was rond 16.00 uur uitgewoed. Een ooggetuige hoorde kort na het middaguur een enorme knal en zag vervolgens vlammen uit de 70 meter hoge windmolen komen. De omgeving van . . .

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September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Monteurs lichtgewond bij brand in windmolen Zeewolde

‘Die molen is 70 meter hoog, dan is blussen geen optie’ In een windmolen in Zeewolde woedt brand. Twee onderhoudsmonteurs zijn daarbij gewond geraakt aan hun handen. Toen de brand uitbrak waren de monteurs aan het werk in de buurt van de wieken. Welke werkzaamheden ze uitvoerden is niet duidelijk; mogelijk ging het om regulier onderhoud. Enorme knal Volgens Omroep Flevoland hoorde een getuige ineens een enorme knal. Daarna kwamen er vlammen uit de windmolen. De omgeving is afgezet. De . . .

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September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Technicians hurt in Zeewolde windmill fire

Two technicians were injured when a windmill in Zeewolde they were working on caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. They sustained injuries on their hands, AD report. The fire started around noon. The fire department responded en masse. Ambulances were also deployed to treat the technicians. Due to the high altitude of the fire, the fire department can’t actually extinguish it. It was therefore decided to let the fire burn itself out. According to spokesperson Geertjan Veenstra, they considered calling in . . .

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September 28, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Dutch probe turbine fire; Fire brigade on site at wind farm at Zeewolde

A turbine caught fire today at a wind farm at Zeewolde in the Netherlands, according to local media reports and turbine service company Bettink. The reports said that the fire broke out about 12 midday local time. Technicians from Bettink were on site at the time of the fire, the company said. A statement from the company said the fire brigade were on site and the cause is being investigated. More information will be available as soon as it is . . .

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September 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusive: Scottish onshore wind farms costing millions in constraint payments

Many of Scotland’s biggest onshore wind farms are being paid tens of millions of pounds for producing virtually no energy at certain times. According to figures received by Energy Voice, the cost of paying wind farm operators to power down in order to prevent the generation of excess energy is stacking up with more than £300million paid out since 2010. In 2016 alone, Scottish onshore wind farms received £69million in constraint payments for limiting 1,048,890MWh worth of energy. By August . . .

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September 20, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

A whirlwind of problems

LINDENWOOD – Five years ago a wind turbine was erected at Eswood Elementary School with hopes to take the school off the grid and cover energy costs. The wind turbine could be seen spinning in the wind, it never fulfilled its purpose or produced any energy for the school. Instead the turbine stood behind the school and was a nuisance and danger. The windmill was installed in May 2012 by Dr. Mayberry who retired from the school in June 2012. . . .

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September 13, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine accident closes Aurora underpass

The Highway 14 underpass in Aurora is closed because of an accident involving a wind turbine. Department of Roads officials say a semi-truck hauling parts for a wind turbine attempted to drive through the underpass late Monday night. The turbine parts bent metal beams on the railroad bridge. Crews from the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad will be repairing the underpass, which could take a couple of days. Trains can still use tracks on the south half of the bridge, but . . .

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