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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.


June 14, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Land College removes, disassembles damaged wind turbines

Lake Land College has removed two wind turbines after they suffered enough damage to render them inoperable. “The situation with the two 100 kW wind turbines is a snapshot of renewable energy in the United States in 2017,” said Joseph Tillman, the division chair and Lake Land College’s renewable energy instructor and coordinator. Wind is going to be around for a while, but other forms of renewable (energy) are gaining in use, particularly in this part of the state. The . . .

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June 14, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tower collapses south of Diller

BEATRICE – One of the wind turbine towers in the Steele Flats Wind Farm near Diller, has collapsed. The tower is a half-mile west of Nebraska Highway 103 and one mile north of Nebraska Highway 8. The tower is part of the $138 million wind farm, developed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, which includes 32 wind turbines in southeast Jefferson County and 12 more in southwest Gage County. NextEra Energy spokesman Bryan Garner says the company is investigating the cause . . .

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June 14, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses near Diller; cause unknown

DILLER – Officials are investigating the cause of a wind turbine tower’s collapse in the Steele Flats Wind Farm in southeastern Nebraska. The turbine had been standing just southwest of Diller and was part of the $138 million wind farm, developed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources. The wind farm includes 32 wind turbines in southeast Jefferson County and 12 more in southwest Gage County. NextEra Energy spokesman Bryan Garner says the company is investigating the cause of the collapse. Garner says . . .

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June 9, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire in Texas panhandle

DONLEY COUNTY, Texas – A wind turbine caught fire Wednesday afternoon in the Texas panhandle, but officials are still working to determine what caused it. Cassie Gillies O’Brien, along with several other drivers, stopped on the side of the road to watch it burn. She shot video which shows pieces of fiery debris raining down on the ground below. Officials with Southern Company, which owns the turbine, told ABC affiliate KVII that the fire started around 5:30 p.m. at the . . .

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June 9, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Regional fire crews not equipped to handle turbine fires

Wednesday’s turbine fire east of Groom served as a wake up call to regional fire departments. Fire crews declined to speak on camera but told NewsChannel10 they are not equipped to handle these types of fires. Fortunately, all plant employees were accounted for and uninjured. Fire crews said these fires can be particularly complicated because the turbines are more than 300 feet off the ground and the fire has the potential to be electric. During Wednesday’s fire, crews did not . . .

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June 8, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Watch fire engulf wind turbine in Iowa as final blade falls to ground

A wind turbine in northwest Iowa caught on fire and a blade fell to the ground as seen in a video captured by a resident early Monday. Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the initial call about the fire was made around 4:30 a.m. Monday, where officers arrived at the intersection of 120th Street and White Avenue near the small town of Harris, about 220 miles from Des Moines. Wollmuth said that the the Ocheyedan . . .

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June 8, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Video of turbine fire in Iowa

Wind turbine on fire near Harris today. Footage of the last blade falling off from yesterday’s video courtesy of Greg Vellema.

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June 8, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire in Donley County

A generator at the top of a turbine catches fire in Donley County. Here’s footage of when it happened. Currently, we’re waiting on more information from Donley County Sheriff’s Deputies. We’ll have more details as it becomes available.

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June 8, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Still no plan to free ‘Moby Dig’

There is still no date set to free stranded digger ‘Moby Dig’ from the sea. It has been more than two months since the 80-tonne elevator excavator got stuck while working on cabling for E.ON’s Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, but still no plans are in place to liberate it, the company has confirmed. A spokesman for E.ON said: “We do not have a date to go in and do that. “It is important that we get it right. “It is . . .

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June 6, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine destroyed by fire

A wind turbine near Harris was destroyed by fire early Monday. Around 4:40am Monday morning the Ocheyedan Fire Department was paged out to the wind turbine on fire at the intersection of 120th Street and White Avenue near Harris. It was reported by the Osceola County Sheriff’s office that there were no injuries from the blaze. KICD News was told by the Sheriff that the decision was made to let the turbine burn itself out.

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