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This Vestas V80, 1.8 megawatt wind turbine has been tethered while engineers try to determine why it is leaning to one side.
One of three wind turbines at Ferndale, 60 km north of Owen Sound, is listing, and officials are trying to determine what to do about it.
“It’s not a matter of ‘if’ someone gets killed, it’s ‘when’ someone gets killed,” said Wilson. He said a flight school at the airport may be forced to close. He’s planning to bring a private member’s bill asking the government to restore local autonomy when it comes to the placement of turbines.
“NAV CAN told me … a year and a half ago that they didn’t have any rules for this sort of situation because they didn’t think that any government would be stupid enough to build eight 500-foot wind turbines close to a regional airport, so they don’t have any rules,” Wilson told the legislature.
Municipalities can tell you where to put your garage, site your house or rule how high your building might be, but they have no control over green energy projects. ...Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson believes that the province should restore local planning powers to the municipalities and to bring home that point he plans on reintroducing a private member's bill to the provincial legislature when it reconvenes next month.
Investigators believe the windmill was shot sometime over the past few days, but they haven’t been able to identify a suspect yet.
NextEra Energy acknowledged Wednesday that it shut down some of its Ontario turbines and warned landowners after it was discovered a part on spinning blades could fly off. NextEra said the potential problem was with "a small thin plastic attachment" on the turbine blades that could separate while in operation.
Tory environment critic Lisa Thompson says farmers in Bluewater near Sarnia are being advised not to harvest crops near the giant turbines until they notify the wind farm owners so the blades can be slowed down.
"Based on the information reviewed, it appears there would likely be an operational impact on both the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes,” wrote Joseph Szwalek, regional director of civil aviation, for the Ontario Region of Transport Canada ...it should be noted that mitigation can result in a decrease in the usability of the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes."
Bluewater council has asked staff to look into reports that parts of wind turbines are falling off of the blades.
Another worker has been injured during construction of the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind project being built in Lambton County for Suncor and NextEra. ...It is the second time this summer a worker on the construction project has been injured and taken to hospital.
Jodie Bird, another NextEra spokesperson, recently spoke with the Sarnia Observer said one of the turbine's 50-meter-long blades "snapped" during a storm, and Bird initially suggested lightning might be to blame for the damage.
Lightning is the likely culprit after a wind turbine blade snapped amid a storm late Sunday into early Monday, near Grand Bend, a NextEra spokesperson says. One of the towering turbine's three 50-meter-long blades was dangling Tuesday.
An anti-wind turbine group was circulating a photo of a turbine in the Grand Bend area, possibly damaged by Sunday’s severe thunderstorms.
Construction work has ground to a halt at a Lambton County wind farm following a worker being seriously injured on site Tuesday night.
Mayor Kevin Marriott recently presented three bylaws from communities in Grey and Huron Counties, which require wind energy companies to install fire suppression units in the motor of the industrial turbines. There motors, in some cases, are up to 300 feet off the ground making it impossible for local departments to fight a blaze.
Local resident David Cofell found this piece from a wind turbine blade in his field after it flew off from a nearby turbine. The provincial Ministry of Energy will launch an investigation into reports that an 18-inch chunk of a wind turbine blade came loose and flew some 400 feet before landing in a field in the former Howard Twp.
An 18-inch piece of the serrated edge of a wind turbine blade broke off and was thrown at least 400 feet from the turbine sited in Ontario, Canada. The saw-toothed edges are meant to reduce noise from the turbines and improve the efficiency of the machine. More information can be found here.
Work stopped immediately at the site and hadn't resumed Thursday while a company investigation heard from all workers involved. The company is co-operating with the Ministry of Labour, Sheehan said in a follow-up e-mail. Construction on the 270 megawatt project involving 140 wind turbines began in July.
The developer of the Gunn’s Hill wind farm near Woodstock, Canada’s civil air navigation service provider states all 10 of the planned turbines are visible to the London radar and four are visible to the Hamilton radar. The impact, NAV Canada says in the letter, includes “a decrease in flight safety for aircraft operating in the area, especially in adverse weather conditions.”