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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.

May 20, 2022 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines in their backyard: How a wind farm disrupted life in a Brazilian town

[Leia em portugues: Entenda por que os parques de energia eólica estão piorando a vida das famílias de agricultores no agreste] Imagine a noise similar to an airplane flying over your house at a low altitude. This is what residents of Sítio Sobradinho, a community of Caetés city, a rural area of Brazil’s Pernambuco state, hear all day. Since 2015, after Cubico Sustainable Investments, a British renewable energy company, built a wind farm in the area, the families living there . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2022 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Entenda por que os parques de energia eólica estão piorando a vida das famílias de agricultores no agreste

[Read in English: Turbines in their backyard: How a wind farm disrupted life in a Brazilian town] Imagine ouvir durante todo o dia um ruído que lembra o de um avião sobrevoando a sua casa em uma altura relativamente baixa. É essa a realidade dos moradores do Sítio Sobradinho, localizado no município de Caetés, no Agreste de Pernambuco. Desde 2015, após a instalação de um parque eólico da empresa Cubico Sustainable Investments na região, as famílias de pequenos agricultores tiveram . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£1m plus wind turbine ablaze in the Fens

A wind turbine towering some 60-80 metres above ground level caught fire on Sunday evening in a remote part of the Fens. Fire fighters from Crowland and the Deepings were called to put out the blazing wind turbine in French Drove, Thorney. The call came in just before 6pm and by the time fire crews arrived it was well alight. Lincolnshire fire and rescue advised any residents in the area to stay indoors and keep windows closed. Video of turbine . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Thorney damaged by fire

A wind turbine has been severely damaged by a fire. The turbine burst into flames at about 17:45 BST on Sunday, at French Drove in Thorney, in the Cambridgeshire fens. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service sent crews from Crowland and Deeping Market to the fire, which had taken hold on one of two wind turbines on farmland. The cause of the fire is said to be accidental. Residents were advised to stay inside and keep windows closed. The incident was . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind turbine in Thorney, near Peterborough

A fire destroyed a wind turbine in Thorney yesterday evening (April 24). The fire broke out at the turbine on French Drove at around 5:45pm and was attended to by both Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue services. A crew from Crowland arrived before handing the incident over to a crew from Dogsthorpe. No firefighting action was taken. Nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed while the blades and the motor of the turbine were still . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2022 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Earth, wind and fire

A wind turbine north of Alta erupted in flames Tuesday night around 8:30 p.m. Jeff Peterson, who farms the land on which it stands, saw burning debris fall from the top of the turbine and called 911. Rain had fallen during the day, lessening the danger of the fire spreading. Alta Fire Department responded to the scene. “Usually, lightning hits them and they blow up,” said Peterson. “I think this was a mechanical failure.” Complete story »

April 7, 2022 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill at Montezuma Hills wind farm catches fire

Firefighters got an uncommon call on Wednesday: a fire at a windmill. The Montezuma Fire Protection District – along with the Suisun Fire Protection District and River Delta Fire District – responded to the Montezuma Hills yesterday afternoon and found a windmill on fire. Units quickly put out some spot fires in the vegetation around the structure, but the windmill continued to burn. With the windmill not spinning, firefighters tried to call for an air drop – but no helicopter . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Flügelbruch: Windkraftanlage außer Betrieb

Wie es zum Schaden an der Windkraftanlage kommen konnte, muss noch ermittelt werden. Im Windpark Huje-Nutteln ist in der Nacht zu Montag (4. April) eine der 15 Windkraftanlagen beschädigt worden. Obwohl es nicht besonders stürmisch war, knickte ein Flügel einer 100 Meter hohen Anlage ab. Wie es zum Schaden kommen konnte, ist noch nicht ermittelt. Die Betreiberfirma wird im Laufe der Woche mit Hilfe eines Kranes den Flügel abmontier … Complete story »

March 17, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Riesiger Autokran kippt im Windpark um [Giant crane tips over at wind turbine]

Schwerer Unfall in einem Windpark an der sächsisch-brandenburgischen Grenze: In Gröditzer Nachbarort Prösen ist ein Millionen Euro teurer Kran umgekippt. Prösen. Zu einer schweren Havarie ist es am Mittwoch im Windpark zwischen Elsterwerda und Stolzenhain nahe der sächsisch-brandenburgischen Landesgrenze gekommen. Das berichtet die Lausitzer Rundschau. Beim Rückbau alter Windkraftanlagen war demnach ein ausgefahrener 500-Tonnen-Schwerlastkran umgefallen. Es seien gerade Arbeiten zum Abbau einer ersten Windkraftanlage beendet worden, als der Kran beim Umsetzen zur nächsten einfach umgefallen sei, berichtet die Zeitung unter . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2022 • Texas, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Graveyard of the green giants

Right across the road from the town cemetery in Sweetwater, Texas, sits another graveyard where the dead are never buried. Some 4,000 worn-out giant wind turbine blades are piled as far as the eye can see, taking up most of a 25-acre field. Windmill blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing – more than 300ft – and weigh up to eight tons, so these have been sawn into three pieces with a diamond-encrusted industrial saw. They’re still imposingly big, although . . . Complete story »

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