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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 23, 2023 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

PORTA High School runaway wind turbine collapses

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 22, 2023 at wlds.com A runaway wind turbine at an area high school is on the ground after spinning freely for nearly 24 hours. Menard County Sheriff’s Deputies, Emergency Response personnel, and school administration officials responded to PORTA High School in Petersburg after the school’s multi-story wind turbine began spinning freely around 4:30 Friday afternoon. PORTA Superintendent Matt Brue says the large wind turbine that sits at the edge of the school grounds near the . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2023 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Farmer: Wind turbine fire in rural western New York caused contamination to family, livestock, and land

The scenes were amazing from the recent fire on the Steuben-Allegany county line. A massive wind turbine was on fire, hundreds of feet in the air, black smoke billowing out of the blaze. It was obvious that the turbine was destroyed and the fire burned out after being on fire for hours. What wasn’t obvious was what the fire was burning into the wind … fiberglass. The family downwind and nearby the fire say they have been impacted. According to . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2023 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The endless wind drought crippling renewables

The spectre of power failure is haunting Europe as Britain and Germany demonstrate that modern societies can’t run on wind and solar power. Wind droughts are the fatal flaw in the system and one can envisage a future book titled How Wind Droughts Destroyed Western Civilisation. Think about the consequences of a system blackout if Net Zero policies are pursued to the bitter end in Western Europe and Australia… Texas in 2021 gave us a glimpse of the abyss during . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2023 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Summer heat further burdens Mindoro’s power supply and rates

ith the increase in the temperature and the power demand also comes the decrease in the supply provided by the contracted renewable energy power plants because of the drying up of rivers in the mini-hydro power plants and the weakening of the wind for the windmills in Puerto Galera. Complete story »

April 23, 2023 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Area around PORTA High School cleared friday night due to runaway wind turbine

Emergency personnel responded to a runaway windmill in Menard County last night. According to a report by the Menard County Sheriff’s Office at 8:50 pm Friday, emergency personnel and PORTA School officials were at the PORTA High School due to a malfunction with the school’s wind turbine. Officials say the brake system failed allowing the turbine to spin freely. School and emergency personnel were reportedly in contact with technicians who said that there was no way to stop the turbine . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2023 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Heated meeting as residents with fiberglass particles on land, trees and possibly ponds question wind turbine fire

It had to be one of the biggest town meetings in the history of the rural new York town of West Union. Residents packed the town hall while the overflow sat on the front porch. The town highway superintendent brought in some extra chairs to accommodate the crowd. Luckily, the weather was about perfect, so the town hall doors were flung open for the front porch crowd and a breeze. Steuben County Legislator Fred Potter was in attendance along with . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2023 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

With Pemberton turbine inoperable, board considering future of wind power in Hull

Among the topics the Hull Municipal Light Board discussed at its most recent meeting last month were the status of Hull Wind 1 and 2, the addition of a sixth townwide generator, the feasibility of installing electric car charging stations, feedback regarding higher electric bills, and a survey to predict town electrical usage. Hull Wind 1 at Pemberton Point is inoperable and there has been “yet another failure” of Hull Wind 2, according to the plant manager. Most recently, another . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2023 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine near Greenwood NY catches fire

Fire crews watch as turbine burns 400 feet above West Union, Rexville NY. Fire crews are on site of a wind turbine fire just over the Allegany-Steuben County line in Greenwood. Debris is being extinguished as it falls from the tower but crews are helpless to put out the blaze which is well above the reach. We are assuming this is an electrical fire. Images will be updated if necessary. (((( o )))) Complete story »

March 25, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad-Flügel in Grevenbroich droht abzubrechen – Warnung für Bürger

[Wind turbine blade threatens to break off, Grevenbroich citizens warned] Ein Feuerwehr-Auto steht auf einem Weg vor einem stark beschädigtem Windrad in Grevenbroich . Der Windrad-Flügel in Grevenbroich ist bereits stark beschädigt, der Sturm könnte ihn ganz abbrechen. © Feuerwehr Grevenbroich Das aufziehende Unwetter in NRW wird zur Gefahr für ein Windrad in Grevenbroich. Wegen der Sturmböen droht ein Flügel abzubrechen. Bürger werden gewarnt. Grevenbroich – Seit Samstagmorgen (25. März) fegen Sturmböen über ganz NRW, sie stark sind, dass sogar . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2023 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Schwarze Rauchschwaden über der A 20: Windrad brennt bei Satow

[A wind turbine in the Hohen Luckow wind farm caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. Two technicians discovered a defect and switched off the wind turbine, but with the extremely large amount of hydraulic and gear oil inside the system, they could not prevent a fire. Burning parts fell from 100 meters.] Am Mittwochmittag, 15. März, hat ein Windrad an der Autobahn 20 bei Satow gebrannt. Das Feuer war am Gondelraum des Windrades bei Wokrent ausgebrochen, das etwa 500 Meter südlich . . . Complete story »

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