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WOODWARD, Okla. — A wind turbine caught fire Tuesday morning near Woodward, Oklahoma.
Speaking Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Lee Levy, commander of Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker, said wind turbines that rise hundreds of feet into the sky are encroaching on the flight corridors. Some of those turbines now are in the paths of low-flying planes, requiring the Air Force to abandon routes or take other evasive action.
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a bill that would require new wind farms to get approval from the aeronautics commission, which is pushing for more oversight. Another proposal would require the state's military commission to sign off before new wind farms break ground.
The turbine appears to be part of EDP Renewables' Blue Canyon Wind facility. There were four phases to the project totalling 424 megawatts and located in Caddo, Comanche, and Kiowa Counties. The project uses a combination of Vestas and GE model wind turbines. The news report did not cite the make or model of the burned turbine. The initial turbines (phase 1) were placed in service in 2003.
The problem, Cooper said, is the DoD’s Siting Clearinghouse is largely ineffective. “The clearing house has only stopped one development,” he said. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission agrees ...“Unfortunately the way ahead with respect to protecting Oklahoma’s military training airspace has been temporarily put on hold,” said Victor Bird, OAC director. “The wind energy industry rallied and, frankly, was just simply able to outman us at the Capitol.”
We would encourage NextEra to release its finding when they determine what happened that caused the turbine blade to break. We realize they are a private company, but this is a big project that people see every day. We think the public deserves to know what the problems are.
Here’s another problem with wind farms. They are too tall. They are so tall, in fact, that they interfere with military aviation training with bases in Oklahoma.
"The turbine sits in the cornfield, but the blade broke off and flew about 100 yards north of the turbine ," recalls Carpenter. "It flattened the corn, destroyed it." Since the May 31 incident, the turbine's blade has been replaced by General Electric and it has resumed to normal operations.
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission head says wind farms in western Oklahoma are having a negative impact on military flight training.
No details have been released yet as to what caused a wind turbine to collapse Monday afternoon east of Hooker, Okla.
A turbine at Nextera Energy's Breckinridge wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure which threw the blade at least 300 feet from the base of the tower. The Breckinridge facility which was place online in August 2015, uses 57 GE 1.7 megawatt XLE turbines. The site has a nameplate capacity of 98.1 megawatts.
The broken blade sits about 100 yards behind the wind turbine, crushing all of the corn that surrounds it. The cornfield belongs to Ken Carpenter, who declined to comment. Cleaning up the blade and wind turbine could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to two months, and will involve bringing a large crane near the field to take the blade off, McIntyre said.
The Altus Chamber of Commerce wants Oklahoma lawmakers to give a state military commission siting approval for wind farms near military installations, saying the turbines can affect radar and disrupt training routes.
MINCO, Okla. — A wind turbine near Minco was damaged in overnight storms. Part of one of the blades was broken off and was left dangling in the breeze Friday morning. Some debris landed on part of land owned by Fox 25 Storm Tracker Bobby Hines, Hines said. The Oklahoma Mesonet site in Minco saw a gust of nearly 60 miles an hour during those thunderstorms. Other damage was reported around Oklahoma in the form of downed tree limbs.
Warning from the Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire fences broken by ice chunks from the blades of these massive machines. The pictures of the ice chunks below were recovered about 125 yds from the base of a turbine about 4:30 pm this afternoon. Much larger and thicker pieces had impacted closer to the base.
The National Transportation Safety Board blames the pilot and the sun for a crash in which he died last August. But the NTSB also says the incident demonstrates how dangerous temporary meteorological towers can be. Jason Martin, 34, died when his single-engine crop dusting airplane hit a temporary meteorological tower, or MET, on August 5, 2013.
“There are airplanes, there’s farm planes,” he said. “What if you have med flights to somebody that’s a farmer or somebody in that area that’s had health problems? They would be in trouble flying into those without their blinking lights.” Atlantic Power owns and operates this wind farm and their crews are currently working on restoring the damaged power lines and poles.
The problem is the 150 foot-long blades spinning atop a wind turbine and the undulating, ominous clouds that accompany severe weather look the same to the computers that digest and display weather radar data, says Ed Ciardi, a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The blades of a wind turbine located at a vo-tech center in Oklahoma were thrown by a tornado that hit the area. One of the blades smashed into a daycare center a quarter-mile away. ABC News reports that the whereabouts of the other two blades are still unknown. In addition to this single turbine, the Canadian Hills wind energy facility is eight miles away. Another project is proposed in an area just 3 miles away. Duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds
Wind turbine blade takes out daycare/playground at Canadian Valley Tech in El Reno, OKlahoma.