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Blade failure at Grand Ridge wind site (2)

Dsc_6887_(medium)_thumb Two turbines at the 100.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy wind facility in La Salle County, Illinois, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, experienced blade failures on July 23-24, 2010. A spokeswoman for Invenergy Wind said that, in the event of high winds, the turbines are designed to come to rest with one blade pointing down and parallel to the base of the tower. According to Invenergy, the winds came so quickly that the safety mechanism did not have time to engage.
10 Aug 2010

Blade failure at Grand Ridge wind site

Dsc_6892_-medium-_thumb Two turbines at the 100.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy wind facility in La Salle County, Illinois, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, experienced blade failures on July 23-24, 2010. A spokeswoman for Invenergy Wind said that, in the event of high winds, the turbines are designed to come to rest with one blade pointing down and parallel to the base of the tower. According to Invenergy, the winds came so quickly that the safety mechanism did not have time to engage.
10 Aug 2010

DeKalb County couple against wind farm

So the Hulthens are in Adams County to share their concerns with the residents here. They say they have nothing to gain, they were not paid a salary to come here, they just believe people need to do their research first to make sure everyone associated with a wind farm is happy in the end.
9 Aug 2010

County Board approves wind farm project

After more than two hours of deliberation and public comment at the special board meeting, the board voted 10-6 in favor of the exemption, with Janet Schreck, Dave Jenks, Stephen Johnson, Marvin Hawk, Karen Starbuck and Todd Winkler voting against the project. With the board's approval, Monarch Wind Farm will move on to the next step, securing the financing, which Gay will begin Monday.
7 Aug 2010

County to propose tougher restructions for wind farms

"The subcommittee feels it has finished its charge. That concludes our work," said Bill Welty, chairman of the Subcommittee on Commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems, at the close of the meeting. Included in the new draft are setbacks nearly twice the state's longest and a noise pollution clause that requires all turbines to impose a marginal five decibel change on typical background sounds.
5 Aug 2010

Wind farm opponents site concerns for crop dusting

The Warren County Board will have a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse to allow testimony on the proposed Monarch Wind Power project between Monmouth and Roseville. ...Opponents of the proposed wind farm on and near the county farm between Monmouth and Roseville remain steadfast. A group calling themselves Warren County Informed sent a mailing this week to county residents encouraging citizens to speak out against the project.
4 Aug 2010

Power lines fall on car after accident, trapping 2 teens

Jessi Creasey, 16, and her passenger, Dani Creasey, 13, were traveling westbound on Empire when a support car with a wind-turbine transportation company traveling eastbound apparently knocked down some low-hanging wires. The support car and semi stopped a safe distance away, said officials with the Bloomington Police Department.
3 Aug 2010

Ameren proposes major transmission line construction

"There are now 5,000 megawatts of wind generation seeking to connect to the Ameren transmission system in Missouri and Illinois. Because of our central location, our transmission facilities are becoming a thoroughfare for routing wind power from other areas as well," Maureen Borkowski, CEO of the newly formed Ameren Transmission Co. (ATX), said in a conference call.
3 Aug 2010

Local residents oppose wind farm in their backyards

More than 50 people packed a room in the Bonneville County Court House Wednesday night to attend a public hearing about the Meadow Creek Wind Farm project that Ridgeline Energy wants to build. There would be 75 400-foot high windmills built northeast of Idaho Falls near the Ririe Reservoir.
29 Jul 2010

An Ill Wind? -- Broken turbine blades bother nearby resident

Ellsworth came from Germany to live in rural Marseilles 17 years ago with her husband, who is from Morris. She researched the operating record of towers, primarily in Germany, where she said they have much longer experience. As a result of this experience, she said Germans never erect wind towers any closer to a home than one mile. "Blades can tear off and be like missiles," she said.
28 Jul 2010

Wind turbine idea in Hanover Park likely dead

But residents who threw out terms like "visual pollution" and "property value nightmare" can relax - the likelihood of an industrial-size turbine in town is nil now that Keeneyville Elementary District 20 joined a partnership on the verge of building a rural wind farm.
28 Jul 2010

Did blowing winds break the blades?

Miner said crews are examining the two towers to see if there is any damage to other components. At any rate, a crane will be brought in and the blades replaced. The replacement process will take at least a few weeks. About one year ago, another blade broke in the same area. In that case, high wind caused the damage.
27 Jul 2010

Draft revisions to Adams County wind farm ordinance includes increase setback

Noted changes mentioned in a news release issued by McLaughlin include increasing the setback from nonparticipating property owners from 1,000 to 1,320 feet. ..."We want to make sure we got some things in there that protect the county and the people in Adams County, but also we want to make it friendly enough that we don't run the developers away," McLaughlin said.
24 Jul 2010

County gets wind farm update

The McDonough County Board was told Wednesday that options have been signed for 22,000 acres of land in McDonough, Warren, and Henderson counties for placement of about 266 wind turbines. ...Oregon-based Element Power purchased the project from Wisconsin-based EcoEnergy in December and the local project is now called Cardinal Point.
23 Jul 2010

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