Structural Failure and New York
Noble Environmental Power brought in a basket crane recently to get a closer look at the damage caused to a wind turbine in Altona Wind Park on Jan. 29.
"What they were able to see when they were up there was limited," said John Bahouth, Noble's vice president of human resources and communications.
Flames were consuming the top portion of a wind turbine behind the Rand Hill Dairy Farm, which is across the street from their house.
"The fire caught one of the blades and made it look like a Roman candle," Phil said. "There was a snow squall that night, but we could see the flames burning right through it."
Authorities are investigating what caused a wind turbine to catch fire in Northern New York. ...Two years ago a turbine at the same park came crashing down when the blades spun out-of-control in high winds.
Megan Gollwitzer, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, said approximately 400 gallons of transformer oil, a mineral oil product, was released into the area immediately surrounding the base of the wind turbine. ...Approximately 45 tons of affected soil from the area where the spill occurred was collected and removed for off-site disposal at a regulated landfill, Gollwitzer said.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, begun in 2008 to curb emissions of carbon dioxide through state auctions of pollution permits, is facing a glut of devalued permits caused by a rapid, unexpected drop in carbon dioxide emissions.
"Everyone is swimming in RGGI permits."
By the time construction ceased, 25 of the 37 turbines slated to dot the Fairfield and Norway landscape were fully constructed.
On Friday, the company formally announced that construction had commenced again on turbines where tests were completed and foundations meet or exceed the company's standards.
Iberdrola Renewables halted production on the Hardscrabble Wind Farm project Friday after the company discovered its turbines' foundations do not meet company standards. ...Two local officials Friday said they were surprised construction had stopped, but had known for weeks that problems had been found.
Enel engineers and industry experts are still investigating the cause of the 329-foot machine's collapse. According to Enel Spokesman Hank Sennott, the company has been able to rule out what did not cause the accident ...Geography and weather are still points of interest in the investigation.
Workers have begun making changes to the Fenner Wind Farm that the owners hope will get the turbines spinning by September.
Crews have been working to reinforce the foundations on 19 windmills since just after Memorial Day, said Enel North America spokesman Hank Sennott.
Enel officials have not yet determined what caused a 187-ton Turbine 18 to fall in the early hours of Dec. 27.
The 20-turbine wind farm has been shut down for nearly six months, since the Dec. 27 fall of turbine 18. While Enel North America, the company that owns the wind farm, and a team of engineers investigate the cause of the collapse, the remaining turbines have been assumed to in danger of similar failures.
The Fenner wind turbines could start cranking again in July, even though engineers still haven't been able to determine why one broke at its base and came crashing down in a first-of-its-kind accident in late December. The company that runs the wind farm, Enel, is now working to reinforce the bases of the remaining 19 turbines so they can start operating again.
The foundation wasn't faulty, the 187-ton machine wasn't defective and all specifications were met. Yet Enel North America and the top industry analysts they hired have no answers as to what caused Turbine 18 to topple over Dec. 27.
Since the unprecedented fall, Fenner Wind Farm's 20 turbines have been switched off, not generating any energy.
An investigation into a wind turbine that collapsed in New York State last year has found that wiring in the machine may have been "incorrectly" installed.
The state's largest wind developer, Noble Environmental Power, could now find itself required to gain third-party certification for other turbines it has built in the state to answer questions hanging over its operating practice.
As experts hone in on what caused a 187-ton windmill to collapse in a Fenner cornfield last year, developers are moving forward with a plan to get the rest of the wind farm's 19 turbines safely spinning as early as mid-July.
Turbine 18 fell to the ground in the early hours of Dec. 27, shocking neighbors who have lived among the windmills for nearly a decade and industry experts who called the failure unprecedented.
The past several days have been a wind lover's dream, but the Fenner Wind Farm in Madison County hasn't been able to take advantage of that power since December, when one of the turbines collapsed. Our Katie Gibas tells us what's going on with the wind farm and why the investigation into the cause of the collapse is taking so long.
Engineers probing the collapse of a 190-ton turbine in rural Madison County have a lot of work ahead of them because the type of crash that occurred at Fenner Wind Farm appears to be unprecedented, officials from the wind farm operator said.
The turbine that crashed at about 4 a.m. Dec. 27, 2009, on the wind farm located northeast of Cazenovia became dislodged from its foundation.
Nearly two months after a 187-ton windmill collapsed in a cornfield in Fenner, neighbors, local officials, energy advocates and the wind farm's other 19 turbines are still waiting for answers.
Turbine 18, which once stood 212 feet from the ground to the center hub and 329 feet to the tip of a blade at its full height, fell to the ground the early hours of Dec. 27, shaking up residents who lived among the giants for nearly a decade and industry officials who had never seen a similar failure.
Teams of engineers are still trying to figure out what caused one of the huge Fenner wind turbines to collapse in late December.
Piece by piece engineers are going over the wreckage of what was once a 328 foot tall, 187 ton wind turbine. The key section, however, will only be accessible when it's all cut up and removed.
"We were notified by the owners of the wind farm this morning," said town Supervisor Russell L. Cary, from his home Sunday night. "They detected it and were out there looking at it. They don't know what happened. They're basically investigating what happened." ...Mr. Cary said the importance of the town board's discussion to regulate where the turbines can be placed didn't hit home until Sunday morning, when he saw the mangled tower laying in the field.
Buyea Road resident David Kalenak said the crumpled remains of the wind turbine attracted hundreds of onlookers throughout the day on the rural road, which usually sees just one or two cars each hour.
"I think a couple of my neighbors are a little nervous," said Kalenak, who didn't hear the crash. "This one was in a field, but others are in the line of homes."