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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.


April 29, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire in Worth County

WORTH COUNTY, Iowa – A wind turbine caught fire Sunday night, according to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office. It happened near the intersection of 410th Street and Vine Avenue. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Grafton and Northwood Fire responded. The fire destroyed the nacelle, which houses the main components of the turbine, as well as parts of the blades and tower. Strong winds also carried some debris out into nearby fields. Mason City Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Beemer was not . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine heavily damaged in City of Kawartha Lakes

A 5,400-kilogram blade on a wind turbine exploded and shredded near Pontypool in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Saturday morning. Officials are investigating after a wind turbine in the City of Kawartha Lakes was heavily damaged on the weekend. On Saturday morning around 9 a.m., residents of the community of Pontypool reported a loud screeching noise. They discovered one of the blades on a huge wind turbine was bent. Some of the 45-metre-long blade fell to the ground. John . . . Complete story »


April 9, 2019 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

“On retrouve des animaux morts sans explication”: des agriculteurs dénoncent les effets nocifs des éoliennes

Des problèmes de santé inexpliqués inquiètent les agriculteurs situés à proximité du parc éolien de Nozay en Loire-Atlantique. Bêtes stressées ou décédées sans explication, conséquences sur la santé humaine… Les services de l’Etat ont débloqué 30.000 euros pour expliquer ce mystère. [video with English subtitles by Frédérique Johnsen and vind-alarm-danmark.eu, via friends-against-wind.org:] Les éoliennes ont-elles une effet néfaste sur les animaux et les humains y vivant à proximité ? L’inquiétude monte chez les éleveurs à Nozay, dans le nord de la . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Crews respond to wind turbine fire in Huron County

Firefighters and deputies responded to a wind turbine fire near the village of Elkton. Jeff Smith, an Elkton village official, said the fire is 300 feet in the air and crews cannot reach it to extinguish the blaze. Smith said the fire will likely burn itself out. Jared Schuette owns the property where the wind turbine is located, he said that this is quite an ordeal because this has never happened before. “It’s insane, it’s a small town and everyone . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

A battle brews over whether to bring wind farm near Devil’s River

There are big plans to bring a new renewable energy source to the Devil’s River, which runs over 90 miles from Sutton County into the Rio Grande. But the project has its naysayers. Complete story »


February 27, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Erie, Huron county residents gather to voice concerns over proposed large-scale wind farm project

Whether with yard signs, posters or t-shirts people in Erie County are making their stance on wind turbines clear. “Why would you interrupt our quiet, rural landscape?,” said resident Dennis Schreiner. Many people are upset with plans by Apex Clean Energy to build what’s being called the Emerson Creek Wind Project in parts of Huron and Erie counties. Tuesday, they gathered in Bellevue to make sure leaders got the message. “We’re concerned, obviously, with the aesthetics—the looks of 600 foot . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad geht in Flammen auf (Wind turbine goes up in flames)

Im Windpark Südgeorgsfehn (Gemeinde Uplengen) ist am Mittwochnachmittag eine 98 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage in Brand geraten. In der Regionalleitstelle und der Leitstelle Oldenburg gingen gegen 14:46 Uhr mehrere Notrufe ein. Das Feuer im Maschinenhaus der Anlage war u.a. von der Autobahn 28 aus deutlich zu sehen. Mehrere Feuerwehren aus der Gemeinde Uplengen wurden alarmiert. Die Leitstelle Oldenburg alarmierte parallel dazu noch Einsatzkräfte aus der Gemeinde Apen (LK Ammerland). Die Einsatzkräfte konnten jedoch nur zusehen, wie sich die Flammen durch das . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2019 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Updated: Fire in windmill and property in Sørvad

Tirsdag eftermiddag er der gået ild i en Vestas-vindmølle på Agerfeldvej i Sørvad. Ilden spredte sig efterfølgende til en tolænget gård, hvor der ikke bor mennesker. Derimod har der været mellem 30 og 40 tyrekalve i bygningerne. Det oplyser Brand og Redning Midtvest. – Vindmøllen står sådan, at lige under er der en tolænget gård med de her tyrekalve. Vingerne er faldet ned i bygningen, og der er gået ild i stalden og hamlen derinde, som vi har prøvet at . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘This could have been avoided’: Wind farm work sparked blazes before Parry Sound 33 wildfire

The forest was tinder dry. With no rain in weeks, the parched grass in the undergrowth had turned to straw, prompting fire bans across northeastern Ontario. Yet heavy construction in the bush pressed on last summer at the site of the province’s largest wind energy development.​ CBC News has learned there were at least three construction-related fires at the Henvey Inlet Wind (HIW) project in the weeks leading up to Parry Sound 33, the massive wildfire that torched thousands of . . . Complete story »


December 3, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft-Gondel brennt in 60 Meter Höhe

Im Windpark Westerholt (Landkreis Wittmund) ist am Donnerstag in 60 Metern Höhe die Gondel einer Windkraftanlage in Flammen aufgegangen. Die Feuerwehr war mit 50 Einsatzkräften vor Ort. Sie ließ die Anlage in der Samtgemeinde Holtriem kontrolliert abbrennen, wie NDR 1 Niedersachsen berichtete. Die Flügel seien herabgestürzt, sagte ein Feuerwehrsprecher. Sie wurden am Boden gelöscht. Verletzt wurde niemand. Brandursache ist unklar Warum die Anlage Feuer fing, ist bisher unklar. Im vergangenen Jahr hatte schon einmal eine Windkraftanlage in diesem Gebiet gebrannt. . . . Complete story »


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