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FAA officials didn't consult Fort Drum officials directly when they approved a 164-foot-tall meteorological tower to assess wind on district property, and Fort Drum officials have an issue with the tower because its chosen site is close to the flight path of aircraft approaching Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.
The collapse of a wind turbine in Clinton County in March 2009 initially perplexed experts and interested novices alike. Yet the state Public Service Commission has concluded that flawed wiring installation allowed the tower to tumble at the Noble Altona Wind Park run by Noble Environmental Power LLC, the state's biggest wind developer.
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.
After a fiery collapse of a wind power turbine in Clinton County last year, the state wants outside safety inspections before new wind farms can power up. The decision Thursday by the state Public Service Commission affects wind turbines owned by Nobel Environmental Power, owner of the turbine that failed, as well as future wind farms proposed by any developer, commission spokesman James Denn said.
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.
Although they're not churning out electricity, the windmills of Fenner remain the central focus of neighbors, local officials and energy advocates. ...The barriers are intended to protect the public, workers and landowners as teams of engineers take samples of the concrete foundation, reinforced steel and soil from each of the remaining 19 windmills.
No unusual conditions were recorded in the internal computer of a 200-foot-tall turbine prior to its collapse last week at Fenner Wind Farm, officials said Wednesday. ...The turbine that crashed at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 27 was one of 20 on the wind farm located northeast of Cazenovia.
Company officials say there was no indication anything was wrong with a 187-ton windmill in the Madison County town of Fenner before it collapsed Dec. 27. Turbine 18 fell to the ground in the early morning hours, nearly a decade after it started generating electricity.
One fell on Dec. 27, in the Madison County town of Fenner, the other last winter near Plattsburgh. Fortunately, no one was injured in either instance, but it is disquieting to imagine nearly 190 tons of metal, plastic and other materials tumbling down onto farm fields and hillsides.
New Yorkers need to understand why a 300-foot tall wind turbine weighing 187 tons collapsed in a Madison County cornfield. The collapse is not an isolated incident. However just because such a failure is uncommon provides no excuse not to aggressively pursue the reasons why. All across the state communities are facing pressure to site wind turbines. As these local governments proceed they must know why the turbine fell.
It could take several weeks for engineers to figure out what caused a 187-ton turbine to collapse at the Fenner Wind Farm on Sunday. Enel North America spokesman Hank Sennott said structural engineers and a crew from the turbine's manufacturer, General Electric Co., will put together reports on the incident by mid-January at the earliest.
As officials continue to investigate what could have caused a 200-foot-tall wind turbine to collapse in Madison County, it was not at all clear Monday what agency, if any, is responsible for overseeing turbine safety issues at Fenner Wind Farm in this town northeast of Cazenovia. State officials said the farm does not produce 80 megawatts of energy annually, and therefore, is not large enough to fall under their jurisdiction. Madison County officials also don't believe they're responsible for regulation and pointed to town officials for oversight.
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."
Enel North America has hired a forensic engineer to look into why a 187-ton turbine at the company's Fenner Wind Farm fell over early Sunday. The engineer is expected to be joined by a team being put together by General Electric Co., the turbine's manufacturer, to look into the cause of the collapse, Enel spokesman Hank Sennott said. A security firm also is expected to be hired.
Local residents are wondering if one wind turbine could collapse in Madison County, then it is very possible for a turbine to fall anywhere. Fairfield resident Jim Salamone thinks why couldn't it happen in his back yard. Salamone ...says he was not surprised when he woke up to find out a wind turbine had collapsed in Fenner. He says the meteorological tower that used to be right across from his home already collapsed because of wind and ice.
A transformer at the Maple Ridge Wind Farm's substation off Rector Road was destroyed by fire late Monday afternoon. Martinsburg firefighters were dispatched to the substation about 5 p.m. but had to wait until the facility was shut down before extinguishing the blaze, said Lewis County Fire Coordinator James M. Martin. ...The Columbus Day fire was the second transformer fire at the site, with a similar incident occurring July 4, 2007. In that case, 491 gallons of mineral oil leaked from the damaged transformer
State police closed a portion of Route 3, from Bolton Road to Benton Road, for about three hours Wednesday after the base of a wind turbine and the trailer it was attached to became unlatched from the rig hauling the oversized load. Both the trailer and turbine overturned and rolled into a nearby cornfield, state police said.
The National Weather Service says a wind farm in Wyoming County is interfering with its doppler radar at the Buffalo Airport. ...Unfortunately, the Wyoming county wind farms and their turbines are within the radar line of sight (RLOS) of the NWS doppler radar in Cheektowaga. ...At this height, the rotating turbine blades of the wind farm impact the KBUF Doppler Radar beam.
A Fenner windmill will be featured on the National Geographic Channel. Crews from the network's "World's Toughest Fixes" program visited the top of the Bellinger Road hill this week to film blade repairs on one of the turbines at the Fenner Wind Farm. ...The blade damage was attributed to lightning strikes, insects, precipitation and air resistance. The cracks in the 10-year-old blade got a little bigger since they were first reported, said Kevin Thompson of Skala.