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Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver said the fatal accident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday while the worker was loading heavy equipment at Turtle Creek Wind Farm, which is under construction near St. Ansgar.
He said a wind turbine four miles south of Zearing off U.S. Highway 65 was damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Iowa earlier this summer, leaving one blade dangling. Then, lightning struck it during the storms this weekend.
A spokesperson for Blattner Energy–the contracted company building wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy at the North English wind farm in Poweshiek County–confirms a crane operator died as a result of an accident at a construction site.
Wind-warped turbine sits still about a half mile north of E29 on Highway 65. One of the blades was bent like a rabbit ear due to storm-related winds that came through Central Iowa last week. It was the only one with this kind of damage in the pod of turbines.
KEOKUK, IA — Three wind turbines impacted the Des Moines River Bridge in Keokuk Saturday morning just after 6:30 a.m.
A massive wind turbine caught fire Thursday night near Beaver in Boone county.
The MidAmerican Energy Co. is investigating the cause of the Thursday night fire in a wind turbine in Boone County near Beaver.
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.
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.
Garner said the turbine in question is a 2.5 mega-watt Clipper turbine, located on the organization's Endeavor I Wind Energy Center in Osceola County. There is a second Endeavor energy center also located in the county, both beginning operation in 2008.
The Ocheyedan Fire Department was called to the scene ...They stood by after the decision was made to let the fire burn itself out.
A man working on the construction of a wind turbine near Huxley has died after he fell at least 40 feet inside the turbine, officials with the Story County Sheriff’s Office said.
"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.
Such a case is called a *"runaway wind turbine" and can lead to some dangerous situations like debris flying through the air, putting those in the area in danger. ...Over the years it's cost the school over a million dollars to operate, but the school hopes to keep it alive, salvaging what they can for investors.
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.”
A blade on a wind turbine broke loose and landed in a field in Adair, Iowa. KCCI reports officials said they are still trying to figure out what went wrong. The turbine manufacturer is leading an investigation into the accident.
Tina Sapp works at Nino's Bakery right on Main St. and said she watched it all happen. She said she immediately feared for her own safety. "As soon as it fell, we were like, 'What if it rolls this way?' That's all we kept thinking," she said.
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.
The wind turbine is part of the Barton II wind farm owned by Iberdrola Renewables is on land southeast of Bolan in Worth County. Jan Johnson of Iberdrola said the fire occurred in the nacelle, the portion of the turbine that houses all of its component parts. She could not give an estimate of damage.
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