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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.


March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Probe into death of Barrhill windfarm worker continues

Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Worker plunges to death inside 480ft-high wind turbine

A worker has fallen to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the Kilgallioch wind farm, on the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, on Wednesday. An investigation is now under way, led by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive. A spokesman for Gamesa, the company contracted to build the wind farm by Scottish Power, said: “Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together . . .

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March 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Man, 37, plummets to his death while working on giant turbine at wind farm on border of Dumfries and Galloway

A man plummeted to his death while working on a giant wind turbine in the south of Scotland. The 37-year-old was stationed at Kilgallioch wind farm, which straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire. The Scottish Ambulance Service was alerted to the horror fall at 5.13pm yesterday. It is unclear how far the man had fallen however some of the turbines at the site are 480ft high. A SAS spokesperson said:”We dispatched one ambulance, a manager, our . . .

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March 16, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Toppled turbine at Salty Brine was supposed to withstand much higher winds

A day later there were still no answers on why a state-funded wind turbine that was supposed to withstand much bigger gusts toppled over during Tuesday’s storm. A 100-foot tower holding up the turbine at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was brought low by the storm, tearing through the roof of a small structure and leaving significant damage. A Department of Environmental Management official on the scene said it was “an amazing sight” to see 4-inch galvanized pipe “just . . .

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March 14, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine at Whiteleehill farm loses a nose cone

A turbine within the extension (Whiteleehill Farm area) lost its nose cone last week. Thankfully nobody was injured as a result. At this stage it is not known why the turbine failed but from a health and safety point of view it was necessary to close the entire site until such time as the remaining turbines could be checked and tested. So far 30 out of a total 75 have undergone the safety checks and the operators hope to complete . . .

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March 1, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Flaming crows: bird on wire sparks bushfire

The Currandooley fire is a hot-button issue on the NSW Southern Tablelands, where the wind industry has a heavy footprint and is perceived by many locals as ­operating with a “God complex”. Infigen also runs the larger, 67-turbine Capital wind farm adjacent to Woodlawn. Residents allege the company operates with a culture of evasion and denial.

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February 28, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bolt fatigue blamed for collapse of Vestas 3MW turbine in Sweden

Sweden’s Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) has blamed fatigue in bolts on the tower of a Vestas V112-3.0MW turbine that collapsed in late 2015, highlighting inadequate assembly. The turbine collapse at the 98MW Lemnhult wind farm south of the town of Vetlanda in Jönköpig county on Christmas Eve 2015 was the first such incident involving one of Vestas’ MW-class machines. The SHK in a summary of its investigation said bolts that had held together the flange between the first and second . . .

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February 28, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut assessing damage from turbine lightning strike

CONNEAUT – Administrators in Conneaut are assessing damage to the city’s wastewater treatment plant caused by lightning that struck a wind turbine adjacent to the plant early Saturday morning. The turbine, which supplements electricity used by the sewage plant, lost a blade when lightning hit about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. A power surge penetrated the plant and might have affected some equipment in the building, City Manager James Hockaday said Monday. “We’re still waiting for a summary,” he said. “There is no . . .

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February 27, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bolts blamed for V112 collapse; Swedish probe followed Christmas 2015 failure at Lemnhult

Swedish officials have pointed to incorrect bolt installation as the root cause of a Vestas turbine collapse at the Lemnhult wind farm in late 2015. Government accident investigation authority SHK said the three-year-old V112 which failed on 24 December showed clear signs of fatigue and corrosion at the join between the bottom and second section of the tower. “The bolts that had held together the joint had suffered from a fatigue process and the bolts could no longer withstand the . . .

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February 26, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Storms damage waterfront wind turbine

Friday night’s storms caused damage to one of the wind turbines on Conneaut’s waterfront. These pics were taken by Polly Finlaw Saurwein. It appears that one of the blades of the wind turbine have been blown off either by a lightning strike or high winds. The turbine is on the wastewater treatment property at the foot of Broad Street. According to a 2009 press release, the turbine is owned by NexGen Energy Partners and was expected to provide about 60% . . .

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