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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.


October 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Electrical fire at wind turbine

IPSWICH – Firefighters have successfully put out a fire at one of the two wind turbines on Town Farm Road on Thursday. The incident was reported at around 1:35 p.m. on October 18. The dispatcher radioed that the fire was called in by an employee. No one was reported injured in the incident. The dispatcher said the employee reported a “pretty good electrical fire – smoke is coming from the unit, and he has no fire extinguisher.” The fire was confined to . . . Complete story »


October 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine fire quickly extinguished

IPSWICH – A wind turbine by the transfer station burned for more than an hour before the fire department was called to intervene, and the closest hydrant was far out of reach once trucks finally rolled down Town Farm Road. But neither of those problems complicated the situation, and the electrical fire was quick and easy to put out, fire Chief Andy Theriault said. “Someone saw smoke in the turbine, and by the time we got the phone call, it was . . . Complete story »


October 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind turbine in the Emsland

Rhede. Im Windenergiepark in Rhede ist ein Windrad durch einen Brand in einem Maschinenhaus vollständig abgebrannt. Die Betreibergesellschaft Windpark Rhede GmbH & Co. KG geht davon aus, dass sich der entstandene Sachschaden auf bis zu 1,5 Millionen Euro belaufen könnte. Der Feuerwehr bescherte der Brand gleich drei Einsätze. Nach Angaben der Polizei brach das Feuer im Windpark am Q-Weg im Nordwesten der Gemeinde gegen 3 Uhr am Freitagmorgen aus. Das Feuer war in oder an einem Maschinenhäuschen ausgebrochen und hatte . . . Complete story »


October 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Rhede in flames

In der Gemeinde Rhede im Emsland hat in der Nacht zu Freitag ein etwa 90 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage Feuer gefangen. Laut Polizei fiel auch ein Flügel herunter. Menschen wurden nicht verletzt. Da die Feuerwehr einen Brand in der großen Höhe nicht löschen kann – eine Drehleiter schafft maximal 23 Meter -, ließen die Einsatzkräfte die Anlage kontrolliert abbrennen. Das Gelände um das Windrad herum wurde weiträumig abgesperrt, da brennende Teile der Anlage immer wieder zu Boden stürzten. Allein der Rotordurchmesser . . . Complete story »


October 13, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Storm Callum sends wind turbine crashing into field where prize-winning horses graze

Storm Callum has smashed a wind turbine into pieces sending bits of it crashing into a field where it “traumatised” a couple’s prize-winning horses. Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David’s nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall after forecasters sent out warnings that Callum would bring a danger to life. There were also . . . Complete story »


October 12, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut files suit over broken wind turbine

CONNEAUT – The city of Conneaut has prepared a complaint to be filed in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court aimed at a long-damaged wind turbine at the city’s lakefront. In a copy of the complaint obtained by the Star Beacon, the city is asking that defendants either repair or dismantle the towering turbine, perched next to the municipal sewage treatment plant on the edge of Lake Erie, in the next 60 days. The city is also seeking the right to repair . . . Complete story »


October 2, 2018 • EuropePrint storyE-mail story

Dearth of wind power in Europe set to bring back dirty plants

Europe will likely need more coal and natural gas this month as the region is spared the usual autumn storms. A high pressure weather system is likely to reroute and block stormy weather that normally travels in easterly paths across northern Europe to boost the output from thousands of wind mills. That will leave the region relying on alternative power sources at a time when benchmark prices in Germany are already near a seven-year high. “The storm track is usually . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

The promise of NZ Windfarms dissipates as it announces a major review

The new chairman of NZ Windfarms says the company has reached a turning point where it must evaluate its future because of the unpredictability of wind power. Stuart Bauld spoke of the options as he also announced a $14m loss due to Vector selling its 22 per cent shareholding meaning Windfarms lost millions of dollars in tax benefits under continuity of shareholding accounting rules. Bould said the company can consistently produce a modest profit and a modest cash flow, but . . . Complete story »


September 26, 2018 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Maintenance concern flagged over newer windfarms

Newer windfarms require more than double the amount of maintenance than older ones, according to an independent inspection firm. Windfarms under five years of age require on average seven repairs per turbine in contrast to those older than that period only needing 2.2 repairs. A report by UK blade repair firm Altitec claims that new projects are likely to “require more active monitoring and maintenance”, despite operators expecting to prioritise older developments. Altitc say that the emergence of larger capacity . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Big Ole battles Zeus and loses: St. Olaf wind turbine damaged in thunderstorm

The St. Olaf wind turbine, affectionately named “Big Ole,” was struck by lightning on Sept. 2. The lightning inflicted noticeable damage on one of the turbine’s blades, putting it out of commission for 15 days. The facilities department and Vestas – a wind turbine manufacturer and installer – finished repairs on Sept. 16. Big Ole contributes extensively to St. Olaf’s energy needs, helping the College reach its sustainability goals and achieve its carbon neutral status. Carbon neutrality means that all . . . Complete story »


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