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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.

March 13, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine failure sees wind farm shut down

A wind farm has been switched off after a turbine malfunctioned and sent debris falling into the field below. Investigations are underway as to the cause of the failure, at Park Spring wind farm, Grimethorpe at around 3pm today (March 12). A blade from one of the site’s trio of four-year-old turbines became detached and fell almost 100m to the ground. Debris is scattered around the field and residents were urged to avoid the area while EDF engineers attended the . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Investigation into dump truck accident under way

An investigation into why a large dump truck overturned while in operation on the Viking Energy construction site earlier this week has been launched, wind farm owner SSE Renewables have confirmed. The driver of Moxy dump truck, belonging to one of the contractors building the wind farm, escaped uninjured when the vehicle left the Mid Kames track and overturned. When approached for comment by Shetland News on Friday, Viking Windfarm spokesperson Aaron Priest confirmed the incident had taken place earlier . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge windfarm cranes still to be recovered from Glenkens road – more than a fortnight after overturning

Two huge windfarm cranes have still to be recovered from a remote part of the Glenkens more than a fortnight after they overturned. A campaign group has hit out at the “fiasco” which saw the giant vehicles go off the road on their way to the Windy Rig site between Carsphairn and Moniaive. And locals are angry that they are unlikely to be removed any time soon, with developers Statkraft saying “careful planning” is needed to recover the cranes. Iain . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaign group claims crash proves roads are unsuitable for wind farms

A road accident which has left two huge cranes on their side shows many roads across Dumfries and Galloway are unsuitable for windfarm development, a campaign group has said. The all-terrain cranes came off the road while travelling to the Windy Rig development on February 22. Save Our Hills said the incident had become a “fiasco” and showed roads leading to windfarm developments were often unsuitable for large vehicles. It was reported the road had collapsed under the weight of . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Double rollover

Two large All Terrain cranes rolled onto their sides while travelling to a wind farm in Scotland earlier this week when the verge of the approach road collapsed due to waterlogged ground conditions and possibly poor construction. The five axle cranes – a 160 and a 200 tonner from the King Lifting fleet – were reportedly travelling a few miles apart on the same road to the 12 43MW turbine Windy Rig Wind Farm in Dumfries & Galloway on Monday morning. . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Cold temperatures bring wind power to a halt

If you’ve driven by Lake Lawtonka in the last few days you may have noticed the cold weather has stopped the wind turbines in the area. “They are large machines. These brutal temperatures, whether it’s starting your truck in the morning or operating a wind facility, it is very, very difficult in these brutally cold temperatures. We’re also seeing that, it’s not just wind turbines. It’s natural gas, it’s frozen wellheads, it’s valves, it’s pipelines, this is incredible what we’re . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reading Wind Facility ‘not fully operational’ due to severe cold

At least one wind energy facility near Emporia has had to adjust to the extreme cold this week. The Reading Wind Facility is “not fully operational” at this time, according to Southern Power spokesperson Susie Bridges. There is no official word on how many turbines have been taken offline over the past several days. The plant is part of the Southwest Power Pool network, but when it was finished last year, the plan was for it to create enough wind . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines affected by cold temperatures

These cold temperatures are also affecting wind turbines. Officials say it’s not the main reason for what’s going on with the electrical grid, but is certainly adding to the problem. In 2019, wind accounted for nearly 20 percent of the state’s electricity generation. While wind turbines can be helpful in generating electricity, there are times when they aren’t able to run efficiently. The Southwest Power Pool, which oversees the electrical grid for most of the central part of the country . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas power crisis points to challenges of renewable energy future

A devastating winter storm that has plunged Texas into an electricity crisis offers warning signs for the U.S. as the Biden administration seeks to prepare for a future in which extreme weather is a greater risk and America is almost entirely powered by renewable energy. Energy generation is one challenge. But an equally daunting task centers on storing power from renewable energy for extreme events like the one hammering Texas. In Texas, the center of a wave of outages across . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2021 • Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Frozen windmills, rolling blackouts in Texas spark fears about green-energy future

The Arctic blast that left millions of Texans in the cold as wind turbines froze also sent shivers down the spines of those convinced that the rolling blackouts offer a chilling glimpse of the future under President Biden’s green-energy agenda. Despite its status as a major oil-and-gas producer, Texas relied on wind for 23% of its electricity in 2020, but about half of that capacity went offline Monday after freak winter storms, record snow and frigid cold iced the West . . . Complete story »

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