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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

Wind study hits a snag

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.
10 Jul 2010

Wind safety; Expand certification rule for towers

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.
24 May 2010

Noble Environmental Power faces questions over wind turbine collapse

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.
17 May 2010

Wind farm mishap draws regulators

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.
14 May 2010

Our view: Ensure turbines built properly

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.
3 Jan 2010

Fallen turbine; More information needed on collapses

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.
30 Dec 2009

Safety oversight lacking at turbine collapse site

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.
29 Dec 2009

Enel hires consultant to help probe Fenner turbine collapse

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.
28 Dec 2009
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