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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

April 7, 2024 • Oklahoma, , Print storyE-mail story

Residents raise concerns about Pontotoc County wind farm

Pontotoc County Commissioners held a meeting in Ada on Friday morning, allowing county taxpayers to voice their concerns with a wind farm that is set to begin construction near Roff this summer. “This will become the county where metal buildings have more rights than the people.” The plans from energy company Avangrid will bring 33, 600-foot tall wind turbines to the Roff, Oklahoma area. Most residents in the area do not want to see these turbines installed. “When I moved . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2024 • Belgium, , , Print storyE-mail story

Pale d’une éolienne pliée en deux à Feluy

[In Feluy, Hainaut, a blade from a wind turbine was bent in two this Thursday. The device continued to operate for a while before being stopped. Debris fell in the field.] Scène insolite à Feluy, dans le Hainaut. Une pale d’une éolienne s’est retrouvée pliée en deux ce jeudi. Des débris sont également tombés dans le champ. L’exploitant Elawan Energy indique qu’il s’agit d’un “incident rare”. Selon la société Elawan Energy, citée par la RTBF, la pale s’est pliée vers . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2024 • New York, Print storyE-mail story

Langworthy, state lawmakers, others call for Great Lakes wind turbine moratorium

At the end of 2022, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a feasibility study focused on wind turbine energy production in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The 136-page study and 51-page white paper concluded that offshore wind production on the lakes isn’t cost effective, nor a unique and critical contribution to the states climate goals. But Citizens Against Wind Turbines In Lake Erie (CAWTILE) are still fighting for their cause because the study does leave room . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2024 • Vietnam, , , Print storyE-mail story

100-ton wind turbine blades fall to pieces in Vietnam

Blades of a wind turbine totaling 100 tons fell off 140 meters and broke into pieces in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on Friday. Residents of Hoa Binh District heard a loud noise at around 5 p.m. Friday and saw wing blades at Hoa Binh Wind Power No. 5 fell to the ground. No person was injured. Authorities of the district were seen on site Saturday morning to examine the accident. The blades, each of which is 80 . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2024 • Maine, Print storyE-mail story

Organizers stand against building offshore wind port at Sears Island

The Alliance for Sears Island and their allies gathered in Belfast today to stand against the decision to build an offshore wind port at Sears Island. Governor Mills announced the location Tuesday. The Alliance believes the state should have offshore wind power, but the port should be at a different location They say Mack Point would be a better site and just as many jobs would be available there. Organizers believe the biodiversity of Sears Island needs to be preserved . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2024 • Germany, , , Print storyE-mail story

Sturmtief „Wencke“ reißt Flügel von Windrad ab

[Storm tears blade off wind turbine] An einem Windrad bei Dornstadt (Baden-Württemberg) ist ein Flügel abgebrochen. Ursache soll eine heftige Sturmböe gewesen sein. Das rund 15 Tonnen schwere und 40 Meter lange Teil sei am Donnerstagnachmittag auf einem Acker nahe der Autobahn 8 und einer Bahnstrecke aufgeprallt, teilte die Polizei mit. Es bestand demnach die Gefahr, dass wegen des starken Windes Teile auf die rund 250 Meter entfernten Schienen und die dahinterliegende Fahrbahn geweht werden könnten. Auf der Autobahn war . . . Complete story »

February 9, 2024 • Australia, , , Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine destroyed by fire at Pacific Blue’s Clements Gap Wind Farm near Redhill

Fire has destroyed a wind turbine in South Australia’s Mid North, with the cost of the damage estimated at $2.2 million. Country Fire Service crews were notified at about 8:50am of smoke coming from the top of a wind turbine at the Clements Gap Wind Farm between Redhill and Mundoora, south of Clements Gap Road. CFS Region 4 duty officer Andrew Stuart said crews arrived at the scene within 15 minutes. “On arrival, crews found a grass fire underneath the . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2024 • Germany, , Print storyE-mail story

Windrad bei Greifswald brennt — Wind turbine near Greifswald on fire

Die Fotos waren spektakulär: Riesige Flammen schlugen aus einem Windrad, Böen fachten das Feuer immer weiter an: Bei Hinrichshagen in der Nähe von Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) brannte am Dienstag ein Windrad! Feuerwehr und Polizei wurden gegen Mittag zu dem Park mit neun Anlagen alarmiert, doch die Retter konnten nicht viel tun: Die Gondel der Anlage brannte bis zum Nachmittag kontrolliert ab, weil eine Löschung in über 100 Metern Höhe zu kompliziert gewesen wäre. Die anderen Windräder im Umkreis wurden vorsorglich ausgeschaltet. . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2024 • Missouri, , Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapse in southwest Missouri

Liberty Utilities is looking into a wind turbine collapse at one of its wind farms in southwest Missouri. According to Communications Director Kelli Price, it happened at Liberty’s North Fork Ridge Wind Farm off Highway 43 in Barton County. Price says the site has been secured for safety. She confirmed there was no one near the site at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. “We are assessing the situation and will provide additional details as they become . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2023 • Scotland, , , Print storyE-mail story

Giant turbine blades scattered by storms leads to safety calls from locals

The giant blades of a 34-metre wind turbine broke off and flew through the air during Storm Gerritt. Dramatic footage of the incident also revealed large parts of the fibreglass structure were left embedded in the ground due to the force of winds during Storm Gerrit in Galston, Ayrshire. The damage was caused a few miles from a residential area and has led to calls for a stricter safety crackdown on turbines close to homes and businesses. A resident rang . . . Complete story »

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