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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.


February 15, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Board says goodbye to non-working windmill

In addition to costing more than initially thought, several incidents have called into question the safety of the windmill, including loose cables in 2005 and falling blades due to an ice storm in 2007.

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February 7, 2017 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne se désintègre sous la force du vent

Download MP4 file. Le vent soufflait fort ces derniers jours dans le sud de la péninsule italienne, si fort qu’une éolienne s’est désintégrée sous la force du souffle. Aquilonia est une ville du sur de l’Italie, à quelque 150 kilomètres de Naples. Dans cette région, un parc éolien permet de transformer en électricité le vent violent qui peut y souffler. Une des éoliennes du parc filmée par hasard par les passants tourne de plus en plus vite, avant de se . . .

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February 7, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine lorry crash forces major road closure

A crash involving a lorry carrying a wind turbine has closed a major road in Dumfries and Galloway for more than 12 hours. The incident took place on the A713 Castle Douglas to Ayr road about a mile north of Parton village shortly before 11pm on Monday. It is understood no one was hurt in the incident. However, the weight of the vehicle involved has delayed the reopening of the road. The A713 is expected to be closed to all . . .

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February 7, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Tödlicher Unfall: BFU untersucht Leichtflugzeug

[Deadly accident: BFU investigates small plane collision with wind turbine] Nach dem Absturz eines Kleinflugzeuges in Melle im Landkreis Osnabrück ist die Ursache weiter unklar. Die Polizei hält sowohl einen technischen Defekt als auch einen Pilotenfehler für möglich. Die Untersuchungen der Spezialisten der Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) in Braunschweig dürften zwei bis drei Tage dauern. Der Pilot des motorisierten Leichtflugzeugs ist am Donnerstag ums Leben gekommen, als sein Fluggerät in etwa 20 Metern Höhe gegen den Gittermast einer Windkraftanlage prallte . . .

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February 3, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses as storms batter Northern Ireland

High winds and wintry weather lashed much of Northern Ireland yesterday. In the day’s most dramatic incident, a giant wind turbine collapsed on a remote Co Down hillside. The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage. The Heath and Safety Executive is investigating the incident. It is not the first time a giant wind . . .

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February 3, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crawford calls for Currandooley fire inquiry

The Currandooley fire has been referred to the NSW Coroner to determine whether an inquiry should be held. The announcement came on Thursday afternoon following the Goulburn Post’s questions to NSW Police. “The fire, which originated in the Monaro Local Area Command on January 17, 2017, resulted in considerable damage caused to property,” a spokesman said. “The matter was investigated by NSW Police, with assistance provided by NSW Rural Fire Service and reported by police to the Coroner. “The fire . . .

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February 2, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Propeller plane crashes into wind turbine, killing pilot

For the first time in Germany, an airplane has had a collision with a wind turbine. The crash was tragically fatal for the pilot. The incident took place outside the town of Melle in northwestern Germany on Thursday, police report. “As far as we can ascertain, it is the first such collision in Germany,” said Germout Freitag, a spokesperson for the federal office for air accidents. The reason for the crash and the identity of the pilot both remained unclear . . .

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February 2, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine keels over in County Down

They are used to generate electricity and this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a snapper after appearing to keel over. The cause of the damage to the turbine near Begny Hill Road is still to be established. But an eagle-eyed photographer was at the scene to capture what happened. The NIdirect government website says it is best to have a turbine “high on a mast or tower, as wind speed increases with height”. It adds that . . .

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January 29, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Safety probe launched after collapse of 480-foot wind turbine in Ayrshire

The catastrophic collapse of a giant wind turbine is being investigated. A 480-foot high turbine came down in a storm – only the second windmill in Scotland to crash to the ground. The astonishing structural failure of the £2 million machine has prompted demands for information by the community in Barrhill. The Kilgallioch wind farm is operated by Scottish Power Renewables which had failed to alert the public to the incident for SEVEN DAYS. Luckily nobody was near the 160-ton . . .

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January 27, 2017 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ringer Hill turbine still shut down after losing blade

Three of the 14 turbines on the Ringer Hill Wind Farm in Elk Lick Township are still shut down after one turbine lost a blade two weeks ago. The 320-foot-tall turbine, which is owned by New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures, dropped one of its 177-foot-long blades on Jan. 11, less than a month after it was installed. Spokesman Mike Kinney said all of the turbines were shut down after the malfunction, but 11 have been put back into service . . .

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