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Turbine blade replacement underway in Orangeville

The replacement program follows blade failure on Nov. 17, 2013, at the wind farm’s 34th tower, near Centerline Road and Route 20A. The blade fell to the ground at the base of the turbine ...An analysis revealed the break was caused by a spar cap issue. A spar cap is located on both sides of the blade. It essentially gives the blade strength, and is made from composite materials.
12 Feb 2014

Another GE turbine blade breaks off, leading to further investigation

“Out of caution, all turbine commissioning and turbine operations at the wind farm have been suspended,” Invenergy says. “We are working with GE, the turbine manufacturer, to determine the cause of this incident. Following a GE blade break on Nov. 7, utility DTE Energy has also ceased work on its 112 MW Echo Wind Park in Michigan. Scott Simons, a DTE Energy spokesperson, recently told NAW that GE was performing a reliability test on a turbine when the blade fell.
19 Nov 2013

Wind turbine breaks in Wyoming County

The site manager at the facility said the incident took place while the turbines were being tested.  The broken turbine is one of 58 at the wind farm that were installed last month. “They just put them up I thought they were new they should last a couple of years” said Weigel.
18 Nov 2013

Invenergy in New York: blade break

Orangeville-t34bladebreak_thumb Invenergy's Orangeville Wind Farm (formerly known as the Stony Creek Wind project) experienced a catastrophic blade break. The project, which is still under construction includes 58 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines (94 megawatts). The turbines are scheduled for commission  the second week of December 2013. Witnesses at the site told WindAction that blade debris flew past the 511-foot safety zone set by the town for participating landowners, 700 feet from property lines for non-participating neighbors, and 1100 feet from non-participating neighbors' structures/residences. The setback distances were requested by Eric Miller of Invenergy to get more turbines in a smaller area.
17 Nov 2013

Wind Farm Rotor Failures

Repair-in-progress_thumb Recently there have been several units shut down while 10 blades were repaired. If each came from a different turbine it would mean the wind farm was producing 10% less electricity than planned while the turbines were out of service. It could also support the contention that the life of wind farms will be less than planned.
27 Jul 2013

FAA strikes down wind turbines

The FAA says the structures would present a hazard to air traffic safety. Ridgeline Energy wants to build industrial wind turbines that are 492-feet tall and has filed 11 proposals for them with the FAA.
7 May 2013

Wind-turbine fire under investigation

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."
31 Jan 2012

Fort Drum wary of wind near Wheeler-Sack Airfield

"The prospect of a large wind turbine in the general vicinity of the Indian River High School does cause concern for our operations, most notably through potentially significant adverse impacts to both approach procedures and radar coverage at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield," Fort Drum spokeswoman Julie A. Cupernall said in an e-mail.
7 Oct 2010

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