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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.

October 13, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Demolition crews knock down damaged wind turbine

A windmill turbine damaged by a fire earlier this year in Portland was knocked down Monday afternoon. A video of the demolition was shared on social media by San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera. “The 1st blast was unsuccessful but the 2nd took it down,” he said in the post. The windmill turbine caught fire on Feb. 23. Local officials said at the time that they had no choice but to let the fire burn itself out. No injuries were . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

18,000-pound wind turbine blade breaks in Adair County

Mid-American Energy spent Friday investigating how the blade of a wind turbine broke off and crashed into a farm field in rural Adair County. Sometime in the past 48 hours, nearby farmers reported that a blade had snapped and landed in a nearby corn field. The blades measure 177 feet long and 18,000 pounds. Adair County farmer Curt Beane said the blade crushed the corn below, but nobody was injured. “I work in the field that it came down, and . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2020 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Un rayo calcina un aerogenerador en Montaves

Un aerogenerador del parque eólico ubicado en el término municipal de Montaves, en Tierras Altas, ha ardido en la tarde noche de ayer tras ser alcanzado por un rayo. La tormenta que ha barrido la provincia, con aparato eléctrico, en la tarde del viernes ha causado este accidente. El aerogenerador forma parte del parque eólico enclavado en el monte Cayo y está gestionado por Cetesa. En el parque, que se puso en marcha en 2003, hay 33 turbinas eólicas, con . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2020 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine burns in Puster Valley

Einsatz für die Feuerwehr: Die Wehrmänner müssen ein brennendes Windrad löschen. Eine Windkraftanlage hat am Samstag gegen 10.20 Uhr in Rein in Taufers (Gemeinde Sand in Taufers) Feuer gefangen. Die Freiwillige Feuerwehr sperrte den Gefahrenbereich weiträumig ab. Den Wehrmännern gelang es, den Brand zu löschen. Im Einsatz stand die Freiwillige Feuerwehr von Rein in Taufers. Dank der großen Reichweite mit dem Monitor des TLF-Rein konnte das Objekt aus sicherer Entfernung gekühlt und das Feuer gelöscht werden. Da die FF. Rein . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

The $8 billion wind farm the virus couldn’t stop

Deep in one of Sweden’s many fir forests, a 150-meter crane juts out between the tree tops. Built especially for the job, one by one it hoists three 68-meter blades to complete a wind turbine as tall as the London Eye. The yellow crane is then slowly dismantled, moved piece by piece, and rebuilt to repeat the maneuver. It’s painstaking work for an industry in a hurry. The $8 billion Markbygden site, set to be Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2020 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

State of Ohio gives approval for construction of Lake Erie wind turbines, with condition that developers say may be ‘fatal’ for project

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After several years of planning and meetings, it appeared that the project to build wind turbines in Lake Erie, just off the shore from downtown Cleveland, would be moving forward. On Thursday, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) issued a conditioned certificate providing Icebreaker Windpower Inc. (Icebreaker Wind) with the opportunity to proceed with the construction of six wind turbine in Lake Erie. However, the developers of the project were less than satisfied with one of the conditions . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2020 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Massive crane collapse could delay U.K. offshore wind farms

A crane mounted on a ship made to construct wind farms at sea collapsed over weekend, potentially delaying some of the U.K.’s biggest renewable power projects. Offshore wind farms, often valued in the billions of dollars, require special ships that can lift thousands of tons of equipment. Belgian dredging company DEME had commissioned the Orion 1 vessel with a crane capable of lifting nine fully loaded A380 airplanes at once. As a result of the incident Engie SA and EDP . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne en feu au parc de la Bouleste, à Flavin

[translate article to English] L’alerte a été donnée ce mardi 24 mars peu avant 10 heures par un agriculteur riverain des lieux du sinistre. Neuf pompiers et plusieurs gendarmes dépêchés, un impressionnant panache de fumée, visible à plusieurs kilomètres… et un risque de chute de la génératrice, en proie aux flammes. La situation était tendue, ce mardi matin, aux abords du parc éolien de la Bouleste, à Flavin, où l’une des cinq éoliennes du site a pris feu peu avant 10 . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Keltbray demolishes huge wind turbine with explosives

Keltbray has demolished a giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire. Along with Controlled Demolition Inc (CDI), the firm blew up the 177m turbine in a controlled explosion (see 1.05 in video). The turbine had been used as a rest site for offshore wind farms before being decommissioned. While one turbine was dismantled by crane in 2018, client SSE Renewables said there was no safe method of using a crane for the second turbine. The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Madison County residents plead for end to windmill construction

MADISON COUNTY, Iowa – Frustrated Madison County residents are calling for county supervisors to stop wind turbines from being built across their countryside. Madison County is known for its picturesque covered bridges, but wind turbines now span acres of land, and some residents say they tower too close to homes. “The problem is nobody knows that it’s coming in until it gets there,” Madison County resident Brett Terharr said. Brett Terharr and Rachell Terharr are among many residents working to find . . . Complete story »

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