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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.


September 6, 2022 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines a concern for some in Harvey County

The Harvey County regional planning commission is set to review and approve criteria for a commercial renewable energy project. The project is trying to bring renewable energy to the county, which includes building wind turbines to zoned areas. For some people living in the county, they say they’re not happy about the wind turbines. “I could list you a lot of things that are concerns that people aren’t aware of,” Kenneth Umholtz, who lives on a farm in Harvey County, . . . Complete story »


July 23, 2022 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

‘It just disintegrated’: Lightning strike sparks massive wind turbine fire in North Texas

CROWELL, Texas – A lightning storm caused quite a shocking scene after it zapped a massive wind turbine in North Texas, setting it ablaze before it came tumbling down. Shortly after being struck, the wind turbine continued to spin, sending the flames in a loop and leaving rings of smoke behind. Videos of the fire were captured Friday and were posted to Twitter by Chris Lopez. You can watch this in the video player above. There's a big lightning storm . . . Complete story »


July 14, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peat slide at Viking’s Mid Kames site but SSE says ‘area is safe’

A Sustainable Shetland campaigner has expressed concerns after a peat slide at Viking’s Mid Kames site last week. A video, which can be viewed in full below, has emerged of the slip at the Mid Kames on Monday, 4th July. SSE confirmed the slip and said it was now investigating to find out how it happened. But it assured the public that the area “is safe” and that the peat had been pulled back into position. But Frank Hay, of . . . Complete story »


March 27, 2022 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas tornado takes down wind turbines

The wind was too strong. Meteorologist Payton Malone shared a photo on social media that shows the impact a Texas tornado had on several wind turbines this week. Texas reported 18 tornados this week as a line of storms pushed through and apparently, one of the tornados in North Texas took out the turbines. As you can see here, the turbines were no match for winds that were estimated to be well over 130 mph. For the last couple of . . . Complete story »


March 15, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Basin Electric fells decommissioned wind turbine near Minot

The 154-ton wind tower hit the ground south of Minot with a loud boom as traffic whizzed by on nearby U.S. Highway 83 Monday. It was the planned and coordinated demolition of one of the oldest wind towers in North Dakota to feed the electrical grid.  A demolition crew from Minnesota began working Monday morning to set up cables and cut into the blue tower pedestal, using the “chop and drop” method to eventually bring the tower down like falling . . . Complete story »


March 8, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraftanlage in Güstow gesprengt

Schon seit Mitte Januar sind die Windkraftanlagen des Typs Nordex bei Güstow stillgelegt. Nun wurde ein im Bau befindlicher Turm gesprengt. Am vergangenen Freitag erschreckte eine Detonation die Güstower. Ohne die Öffentlichkeit zu informieren, wurde der fast fertige Turm einer Windkraftanlage gesprengt. „Für uns Einwohner von Güstow war die Detonation schon zu merken”, sagte Ortsvorsteher Felix Teichner (AfD). „Gerade in der zurzeit schwierigen weltpolitischen Lage hätten die Anwohner informiert werden müssen.” Auf Anfrage beim Betreiber der Windenergieanlagen, der Denker & . . . Complete story »


March 8, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Erneut Flügel von Windrad abgebrochen – Gutachten steht noch aus

Aus bislang unbekannter Ursache ist in der Wilstermarsch (Kreis Steinburg) erneut ein Teil eines Windradflügels abgebrochen. Dabei wurde die Anlage laut Betreibergesellschaft erst vor wenigen Monaten gewartet. In einem Windpark in der Wilstermarsch ist schon wieder ein Teil von einem Windrad abgebrochen und heruntergefallen. Das hat am Dienstag der Betreiber bestätigt, die Windpark Landscheide GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG Renditefonds. Das defekte Teil flog nach Schilderungen eines Anwohners rund 100 Meter weit, bevor es auf dem Boden in der Nähe . . . Complete story »


March 1, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of old wind turbine blades in field near Sidney, NE

Rows of wind turbine blades cut up and sitting in a field just south of Sidney, Nebraska. Two-hundred of them. In the background, turbines just across the border in Colorado where blade disposal is banned at the nearby Logan County Landfill. “Colorado has decreed that they shall not be buried. Somewhere they have to go,” said State Sen. Tom Brewer. Brewer doesn’t want the blades buried or stored in Nebraska either. He introduced LB 775. It would ban their disposal . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Míshástacht faoi fheirm ghaoithe in aice le Guagán Barra

[Dissatisfaction with wind farm near Guagán Barra, Co. Cork] Tá daoine i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí ag féachaint an féidir leo dúshlán ardchúirte a thabhairt i gcoinne fheirm ghaoithe, luach €30m atá á beartú in aice le Guagán Barra, Co. Chorcaí, ceann de na láithreacha oidhreachta is aitheanta sa tír. Tugann na míllte duine sa bhliain idir shluaite cnocadóireachta, thurasóireachta agus oilithreachta cuairt ar Ghuagán Barra in iarthar an chontae. Tá cead tugtha ag an Bhord Pleanála go dtógfaí 7 dtuirbín 178.5 . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2022 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Sturm reißt offenbar Flügel eines Windrades in der Wilstermarsch ab

[Storm apparently tore the blade off a wind turbine in the Wilstermarsch] Noch ist nicht zu 100 Prozent geklärt, ob das Sturmtief vom vergangenen Wochenende Schuld war. Vermutlich war aber die Kraft des Windes tatsächlich zu stark – bei Brunsbüttel stürzte ausgerechnet der Flügel eines Windrades in die Tiefe. Die Reste des glasfaserverstärkten Kunststoffes und lange Schrauben ragen dort in die Luft, wo eigentlich der komplette Flügel eines Windrades montiert sein sollte. Doch der liegt zerbrochen auf dem Acker. Rund . . . Complete story »


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