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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.

May 24, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses for no obvious reason

A mystery lies on the ground on the west side of Greensburg following an unexplained wind generator collapse on May 11 at 12:53 p.m. The wind generator supplied power to the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital and was one of two units serving the hospital. On May 11, a man was mowing grass for the city near the wind generator and decided to take a lunch break. As he sat in his pickup and was eating, the wind generator broke off . . .

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May 16, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine smashes onto Autobahn, blocking traffic for hours

The giant blade of a wind turbine fell from the truck that was transporting it on Tuesday morning, squashing the cabin of another truck and completely shutting down traffic on a busy motorway. The accident happened on the Autobahn 33 outside Bielefeld, where the blade slipped from the back of a transporter after another truck slammed into the back of the vehicle, according to the Rheinische Post. The blade was then shunted across the entire width of the Autobahn by . . .

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May 16, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Forgotten washer suspected to have caused Point Tupper turbine collapse

POINT TUPPER, N.S. – It was suspected that a washer was forgotten inside the hub of a wind turbine under repair that subsequently collapsed hours later, labour department documents show. E-mails between the investigating body, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and turbine manufacturer Enercon were recently disclosed by the department. In the Point Tupper incident, workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and fell. Enercon crews at the time were in the process of replacing a . . .

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May 16, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windradflügel ragt nach Unfall quer über A33

Bielefeld. Auf der Autobahn 33 bei Bielefeld hat es am frühen Dienstagmorgen einen schweren Unfall gegeben. Ein Lastwagen ist in das Ende eines Schwertransporters gekracht. Dieser war mit dem Flügel eines Windrads beladen – der liegt nun quer auf der Fahrbahn. Nach Angaben der Polizei in Bielefeld ist die A33 in Höhe der Anschlussstelle Bielefeld-Senne in beide Richtungen voll gesperrt, es kommt zu kilometerlangen Staus. Der Lastwagen war um kurz nach 5 Uhr aus bislang ungeklärter Ursache auf den Schwertransporter . . .

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May 15, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Forgotten washer’ heard in hub before N.S. wind turbine collapsed

Just hours before a massive wind turbine collapsed last year in Cape Breton, a technician performing routine maintenance heard what was believed to be a washer lost in the structure’s hub. The incident – believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in the country – is described in internal emails between turbine manufacturer Enercon Canada Inc. and the provincial Labour Department. CBC News obtained the documents through a freedom of information request. The 80-metre turbine at the Point Tupper . . .

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May 12, 2017 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power pollution: Turbine oil seeps into the land in Mexico

Wind turbines were planted along a strip of Mexico’s southern coast to make the country’s power industry cleaner. Now they’re spilling oil. In the town of Juchitan last month, a clean-up was under way around a generator owned by Electricite de France. Workers wearing goggles and masks were scrubbing off a copper-colored lubricant that dripped down from the turbine. They’d wrapped cloth around its base, to absorb further leakage, and stuffed contaminated soil and stones into plastic trash-bags. Cows graze . . .

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May 12, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

State rep. requesting investigation into toppled wind turbine

After an Eyewitness News investigation in April revealed a toppled 100-foot wind turbine was “missing bolts” for nearly a year, a state lawmaker is calling for a House Oversight Committee investigation. State Rep. Jason Knight, D-Barrington, said he was livid after our report revealed nothing was done to make repairs to the wind turbine at Salty Brine beach before its collapse. A public records request uncovered an email from an inspection company sent to two R.I. Department of Environmental Management . . .

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May 4, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company sued over bushfire caused by electrocuted crow

The owners of a wind farm near Canberra are being sued for sparking a catastrophic bushfire in January, in what is believed to be the first class action of its type in Australia. Victorian firm Maddens Lawyers filed the class action against Infigen Energy Ltd in the NSW Supreme Court after a crow electrocuted by a transmission line carrying power from the company’s Woodlawn wind farm sparked the fire, which burned 3400ha and caused up to $20 million damage. The . . .

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May 3, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawyers mount class action over Currandooley fire

A Victorian legal firm has mounted a class action over the Currandooley fire which burnt out almost 3400 hectares near Tarago in January. Maddens Lawyers of Warrnambool will represent 33 individuals owning 22 properties in the NSW Supreme Court action. The firm’s class action principal, Brendan Pendergast, said the action alleged that Infigen Energy “was aware of the risk that a bird strike to its high voltage power line could cause a fire.” Further, it was aware of previous similar . . .

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May 3, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Major operation as 48-tonne crane topples on Pigeon Top

A 48-tonne crane toppling over on Pigeon Top outside Omagh prompted a major operation over the weekend. The £750,000 construction vehicle had been on the way to Cornavarrow Wind Farm on Saturday when the mishap occurred. It is understood that part of the road subsided and the heavy crane toppled over, part landing on the mountainside. No-one was injured in the incident. Preparatory works were carried out on Sunday to stabilise ground so that another crane might be deployed to . . .

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