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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.

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine snaps in half in Chatham-Kent, MPP calls for halt of wind projects

A wind turbine in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has snapped in half, leading to calls from one area MPP to halt area wind projects. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself Friday. “As we were getting closer you could see in the distance that it was snapped in half .. it’s actually one of those ‘Oh my goodness [moments],” said Chatham-Kent Ward 2 councillor Karen Herman. “I was so surprised to . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples in South Kent; ‘Extreme load of some kind’ may have caused damage, says expert

Like a giant plastic straw bent in half, a wind turbine tower buckled over in rural Chatham-Kent, its motor and massive blades lying mangled on the ground. No one was hurt in the tower collapse overnight Friday, a spokesperson for the energy company that operates the wind farm where the tower stood said by email. But a spokesperson for a wind energy umbrella group said the failure appears to be only the second of its kind among the more than . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MOE keeping close eye on CK tower cleanup

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) says staff are at the site of Friday’s wind tower collapse to ensure that the company cleans up any spilled materials properly. The MOE says it’s actively monitoring the situation and will ensure that the company determines the cause of the incident. The Ministry of Labour has also been notified and has sent an engineer to the site. TerraForm Power contacted the ministry Friday morning about its wind turbine snapping in half at Drake . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Big crawler over

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine tumbles on 16th Line in C-K

Neighbours living near a turbine that toppled over last night in Chatham-Kent say they believe it happened about midnight. One resident, who asked not to be identified said his neighbour reported hearing a couple of bangs, while others said they didn’t hear a thing. The turbine, located on 16th Line just east of Drake Road in South Kent, appears to have suffered a structure failure about midway up its body. The fibreglass blades lay twisted about the turbine’s base. Terraform . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples over

A hunter scouting for Coyotes early this morning came across this toppled wind turbine located at the corner of the Drake Sideroad and the Sixteenth Concession in Harwich Township. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appeared folded in half. Details are still in the preliminary stages and in fact crews had just arrived at the scene around 9:15 this am. Watch for further details as more information becomes available. No houses . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Safety concerns raised after wind turbine struck by lightning in Inishowen

Safety concerns have been raised after a wind turbine in Inishowen was struck by lightning yesterday evening. At around 6 o’clock, one of the wind turbines on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, was struck, causing damage to one of the 94* metre long turbine blades with dents and scorch marks also visible on the nacelle of the turbine. This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes. Paula . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Currandooley fire’s first anniversary sparks reflection

The green tinge on pastures can be deceptive out past Tarago. Beneath the grass on which stock are grazing again lie layers of ash. Beside the road, trees carry the black scars from the massive Currandooley fire a year ago. On January 17, 2017, now dubbed ‘tinderbox Tuesday’ by locals, a blaze sparked at Infigen’s Capital Wind Farm on Taylors Creek Road, ripped through almost 3400 hectares, over the Bungendore Road, on to Mount Fairy and down to Boro. It . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2018 • Ireland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Nature strikes back: Lightning strikes 46 meter long rotor blade and blasts it to pieces

Inishowen – Yesterday evening at 6 PM lighting struck one of the ‘Ugly Sisters’ on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, Inishowen. One of the 46 meter long turbine blades was blasted to pieces when lightning struck the nacelle of the wind turbine. The nacelle of turbine T1 is badly damaged. Dents and scorch marks are clearly to be seen where the lightning hit the nacelle of the 116 meter high wind turbine. Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

2017 wasn’t a great year for the wind turbines

WILLMAR – Last year wasn’t the best year for the Willmar wind turbines. Major malfunctions caused the turbines to be out of commission for long periods of time during the second half of 2017, reducing the amount of power they were able to produce. In 2017 the turbines generated 6,526,179 kilowatt-hours of power, 100,000 fewer than the year before. “That is lower than the previous three years. It is a bit disappointing,” said Jerron Smith, staff electrical engineer at Monday’s Willmar . . . Complete story »

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