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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.


April 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Thruway windmills not working

BUFFALO, NY – The New York State Thruway Authority, as part of the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for agencies to move toward so called “green energy” sources, installed several wind turbines a few years ago, projecting it would save $300,000 a year in utility costs. Even if that was true, it would take 16 years for the nearly $5 million investment to pay for itself. That’s if they worked. But now – for the most part – they don’t. . . . Complete story »


April 5, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine damaged in storm

Wind and or lightning Tuesday night into Wednesday damaged a wind turbine on the Hog Creek Wind Farm near Dola. A blade on a turbine was partially broke sometime during the storm. Lightning accompanied a storm that rolled through the area Tuesday night and was followed by wind gusts close to 50 miles hour Wednesday morning. A spokesperson for the company said they are currently assessing the damage to figure out exactly what happened. The turbine damaged was located on . . . Complete story »


April 5, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Winds damage wind turbine

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April 3, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County ZBA approves wind farm restrictions

The DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved additional restrictions to the proposed wind farm project. While that was met with sighs of relief from numerous rural landowners, Russel Davenport worries those restrictions could hurt job growth. “We want to get those jobs out here and there’s a lot of them possible,” he said. Davenport is the business manager for Laborers Local 703. “I live here in DeWitt County so I’m worried about tax revenue that we need here,” . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘Faulty blade’ caused turbine collapse in Chatham-Kent, says company

A “single faulty blade” caused a wind turbine in Chatham-Kent to collapse, according to TerraForm Power, the company that operates the wind farm. The turbine crumpled on Jan. 19, leading to calls from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton to halt other wind projects in the area while “the safety issues of turbines” were investigated. The wind facility – south of Chatham, Ont. – was temporarily halted, while third-party investigators and a team from Terraform, probed the cause of the collapse. “The review confirmed . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Fire shuts down UMPI wind turbine

Most of the University of Maine at Presque Isle went dark as a fire burned through the wind turbine that supplies much of the campus’s power. The University said no one was hurt in the mechanical fire that broke out around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. The local fire and police departments, Emera Maine and UMPI facilities staff worked together to secure the area around the turbine, located more than 1,800 feet from residence halls and other campus buildings. Power was . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty blade blamed for wind turbine collapse

TerraForm Power has concluded that a faulty blade was the cause of a wind turbine collapse in Chatham-Kent in January. “After fully satisfying review by independent, third-party professionals, as well as our own engineering team, our Raleigh wind facility has returned to service as of Thursday, March 29,” Chad Reed, the company’s director of investor relations, said in an email to Blackburn News. “The review confirmed that the collapse of a turbine at the facility earlier this year was caused . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty wind turbine blade blamed for collapse

A faulty wind turbine blade was the cause of a tower collapse in Chatham-Kent. The 160-tonne structure came down near Dillon on Jan. 19. A spokesperson with Terra Form Power says a review by independent third-party professionals, as well as the company’s own engineering team, concluded the collapse was caused by a single blade. Chad Reed said no other similar issues were identified during the review process. At the time, the 22 remaining turbines on the wind farm were taken . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

UMPI wind turbine catches fire Easter night

Presque Isle, Maine – An investigation is underway into what caused a fire in the generator of the University of Maine Presque Isle’s wind turbine, which led to a brief campus power outage Sunday. Around 10:45 p.m. April 1, the Presque Isle Fire Department responded to a fire at UMPI’s wind turbine. The fire occurred in the turbine’s nacelle, the covered section that houses the motor, generator, gearbox and other mechanics, according to Rachel Rice, UMPI community and media relations director. . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

UMPI’s wind turbine damaged in late-night fire

Presque Isle, Maine – Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been busy today assessing damage done to their wind turbine. According to UMPI President Ray Rice, the generator of the wind turbine caught fire around 10:45 last night. Rice said that produced an electrical surge which caused a good portion of the University to lose power. The fire was brought under control and Rice said it lasted a relatively short amount of time. He says the . . . Complete story »


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