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Falling ice from wind turbine worries family near proposed project

Days after several Freeborn County wind turbines had to be shut down after a chunk of ice fell off a blade and landed on a passing semi truck, a family whose home lies within feet of the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm project said they're concerned about something similar happening at their home. ..."I'm sorry but [...] there's no amount of money that's enough comfort for my kids being put in harm's way," he said.
26 Feb 2018

Iowa: Nextera Wind Turbine Blaze

This 2.5 MW Clipper model C-96 turbine, part of NextEra's Endeavor I Wind Energy Center, burned for hours before this video was taken. The video shows the turbine's massive blade fall to the ground after first standing on its end before collapsing into a trail of black smoke and flames. The Endeavor I facility is located in Osceola County, Iowa. The turbines stand 420 feet tall including the 153-foot long blades; rotor diameter of 314-feet (96 meters). The 100 MW facility includes 40 turbines and was placed in service in 2008.  
9 Jun 2017

Fire damages wind turbine near Westboro

"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach. We were advised by Iberdrola not to approach the turbine, just due to the safety factor, because there was a lot of debris that was burning and falling off.
19 May 2015

A-W deals with ‘runaway’ wind turbine

Early Feb. 4, the Akron-Westfield School District’s wind turbine’s blade began rotating. On its own. “We have no control over the blades’ turning,” said A-W Shared Superintendent Randy Collins. “It is life-threatening to be near the wind turbine at this point.”
6 Feb 2014

School board discusses next steps for wind turbine

The wind turbine that helps to power the electricity for the Clay Central-Everly school district needs repair. Right now, the turbine is running at a reduced capacity ...The cost of the repairs is approximately $26,000, and the board is concerned that the output, once fixed, won't save the district enough electricity to offset the overall cost.
17 Jul 2012

Iberdrola turbine burns

A wind turbine near Grafton caught fire Tuesday, May 22 2012. The flames were strong as the smoke streamed from the tower. Fire crews didn't get close at first because of burning debris falling down. Duration: 1 minute 2 seconds
23 May 2012

Wind catches blades, crashes turbine

Turbine components weighing 50-tons fell 246 feet to the frozen ground on Saturday (Feb 20, 2009) when the blades of a turbine under construction east of Waverly caught wind and started rotating at a speed reaching 60 rpm. The hub housing the generating components of the Cannon II turbine and the structure's three 177-foot blades collapsed after spinning for hours at the mercy of the wind, says Waverly Light and Power General Manager Diane Johnson. A gust caught the blades prematurely on Friday because, prior to the installation, they were not turned in a way that would have prevented them from catching wind until construction was complete, according to a press release issued by the municipal utility. "It could have spun for days," Johnson says. On Monday, as the mangled blades lay at the base of the tower, construction crews worked to dismantle the structure's top and middle sections to reinforce the turbine. Crew and neighbors were evacuated overnight until the structure collapsed under its own weight. Duration: 10 minutes
27 Aug 2011

Wind farm worker killed inside Iowa wind turbine

A NextEra wind-turbine maintenance worker has been killed while working on a project in Iowa. According to a statement released by the local sheriffs office, the worker fell while inside the tower of the Clipper Windpower 2.5MW Liberty turbine located at the Endeavor wind centre. Reports say he fell over 60 feet.
25 Aug 2011
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