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The turbine that collapsed was a GE 1.5MW xle, placed in service in 2011 by US-based Invenergy as part of the 52-turbine (78 MW) Raleigh wind facility in Chatham-Kent in southwest Ontario. The project was soled to Terraform in 2015. No information has been released as to the cause of the failure.
The toppled turbine was discovered by a hunter scouting for coyotes early this morning in Harwich Township, according to The Blenheim News Tribune. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appear to be folded in half.
Kevin Elwood was one of several challengers to a decision to award a renewable-energy approval for a wind turbine project in Clearview Township. - Ian Adams/Metroland
Jakubec says this discovery is just the tip of the iceberg and wonders how many other wind farms are improperly built. He says this might be one of the biggest water scandals since the Walkerton tragedy in 2000 when seven people died after their water supply was contaminated.
The Environmental Review Tribunal has stalled a wind turbine project, ruling it would cause harm to both human health and the environment.
Ontario’s Liberal government denies Opposition charges that it interfered with the witness list for a hearing into a plan to install at least six, 152-metre-high wind turbines near the Collingwood airport.
Ontario hunters could have fewer places to hunt this season, if a wind turbine company convinces landowners to restrict hunting near more than 160 turbines.
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has fined CS Wind Canada Inc. $60,000 after a worker suffered multiple injuries on the job in Windsor.
Tethers had originally been attached to bulldozers, but are now attached to strand jacks, which are embedded into the rock. The tethers, which are attached to the turbine at a collar, were to be highly tensioned on Friday so that the engineers can begin to take core samples of the concrete base of the turbine, Boles said.
The wind turbines will be “jammed” between the two airports, which operate mainly on visual flight rules, and will “penetrate the arrival and departure airspace as defined by Transport Canada’s guidelines,” added Elwood. “Does this province want to be the first government with blood on its hands after they cause the first aircraft-turbine crash in Canada?”
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.