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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 13, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm yet to generate power not paying rates to Moyne Shire Council

A south-west council is missing out on potentially more than $100,000 in rates from a wind farm that is complete but unable to connect to the outdated electricity grid. The Mortlake South Wind Farm was due to pay rates to Moyne Shire Council from July but the project has been unable to start producing power and the developer has flagged delays could last until early next year. For a full year, the wind farm was due to pay about $260,600 . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Report says land stability at Derrybrien not properly checked since 2005

A new report says the stability of the land where a massive landslide occurred at Derrybrien Wind Farm in 2003 has not been properly checked in over 15 years. The state is currently paying €15 thousand in fines every day to the European Commission over failures to carry out an adequate Environmental Impact Assessment. In October 2003, during the construction phase at the 70 turbine development, a massive landslide occurred. It dislodged almost half a million cubic metres of peat . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2021 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri’s largest wind farm isn’t running at night for fear of killing endangered animals

Every night for months, turbines at Missouri’s largest wind farm sit idle to avoid killing endangered and threatened bats. And now, as the wind farm’s owner, Ameren Missouri, seeks permission to increase customers’ rates, consumer advocates are sounding the alarm. They argue customers shouldn’t have to pay the full costs of the wind farm on their bills if it’s not fully functional. And at least one fears the company won’t meet state standards for renewable energy. The St. Louis electric . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

After appeal, three companies involved in the wind farm death of Chehalis man will pay out full $549,874

After settling an appeal in July with a state appeals board, the three companies found to have violated worksite safety laws that led to the death of a worker at the Skookumchuck Wind Farm will pay out the full $549,874 originally levied against them last year. A Washington state Department of Labor and Industries spokesperson confirmed the information to The Chronicle this week after manslaughter charges were levied against five site workers earlier this week in Lewis County Superior Court. . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

5 charged with manslaughter in death of worker during construction of wind farm

Five people are facing manslaughter charges for the death of a Chehalis man who died in January 2020 when a trench that had not been reinforced collapsed during construction of the Skookumchuck Wind Farm along the border of Lewis and Thurston counties. The charges were filed in Lewis County Superior Court on Aug. 9 – 20 months after the death of 24-year-old Jonathan F. Stringer, who left behind a young daughter and a fiancée. Three of the co-defendants – site foreman Matt . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples at Bow Lake

BluEarth Renewables has taken all of its wind turbines offline at the Bow Lake Wind Facility north of Sault Ste. Marie after one of the turbines on site was severely damaged last week. A spokesperson for BluEarth informed SooToday that it responded to an incident resulting in structural damage to a wind turbine at the Bow Lake Wind Facility at approximately 12 a.m. Aug. 28. Reader submitted photos show the turbine resting in pieces on the ground. The company says . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Cause of damage to 2 wind turbines near Helena being investigated

HELENA, Okla. – Two wind turbines along County Road 650 south of Helena were damaged earlier this month, though the cause of the damage still is under investigation. Bryan Garner, director of communications at NextEra Energy Resources, said in an email the turbines at the Skeleton Creek Energy Center were damaged on Aug. 11 and 12. Garner said turbine malfunction is “extremely rare.” “We believe this was an isolated mechanical incident, and the cause of the damage is still under investigation,” . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Photos, video show train slamming into semi-truck hauling wind turbine blade in Luling

LULING, Texas – Videos and pictures are circulating on social media, displaying a harmful crash in Luling involving a train and a semi-truck that was hauling a wind turbine blade. The metropolis of Luling is nearly an hour away from San Antonio, and 25 miles west of Seguin. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon after the semi-truck was seemingly stopped on the railroad tracks on Highway 183 for an unknown motive. Just moments later, the railroad crossing gate’s arms got here . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Train blasts through truck carrying wind turbine propeller through Luling

BEXAR COUNTY (KTSA News) – A Union Pacific train crashed into a truck hauling a wind turbine propeller in Luling Sunday afternoon. Witness videos show the truck was turning north onto Magnolia Avenue from Pierce Street to continue its journey along U.S. 183 through the town at around 2:40 p.m. Sunday. Caleb Brandon, via Facebook The truck appeared to be stopped on the tracks as it was navigating the turn. Witness video shows the railroad crossing arms then start lowering onto . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

VIDEO: Train crashes into 18-wheeler with wind turbine blade attached

LULING, Texas – An 18-wheeler pulling a wind turbine blade rolled over after being struck by a train in Luling on Sunday. Union Pacific officials said the train collided with the 18-wheeler around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 183. The Luling Police Department said the Northern Lights Specialized Transport truck was partially across the railroad track when it was struck by the train. The truck and trailer were overturned. Police said the trailer split, and . . . Complete story »

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