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After it fell, the turbine was lying on the ground in a large, remote area with a 3,000-foot elevation. Workers for Florida-based NextEra Energy were keeping watch on it until the company decided on a plan of action. NextEra Energy said the cause of the turbine's fall is not yet known, but when it fell, it forced nine other turbines around it to shut down because they are interconnected.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground. The project was placed in service in 2001 with total nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts (10 turbines x 1.5 mw). The project was constructed in 2001 and is owned by NextEra Energy.
The wind turbine, the last of four that stood along the ridge in a line on what used to be Wayne Steyer's property, fell to the ground. It now lies in a twisted mass near where it stood since 2001.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground last night. The project was placed in service in 2001 with a nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts. The facility was developed by Atlantic Renewable Energy and Horizon Wind Energy, and constructed and operated by NextEra Energy Resources.
Crews are investigating what caused a wind turbine to fail and fall over Wednesday night in Fayette County.
The Mill Run Wind farm consists of 10 1.5-megawatt turbines. The distance from the ground to hub-height is about 210 feet. Total turbine height is about 300 feet. The wind farm began operation in 2001.
BELLEVILLE - About 200 people were seated in the auditorium of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Friday evening to hear the different perspectives on the proposed wind turbines for Jacks and Stone mountains.
Delving deeper into conservation, H.B. 1576, which sailed through the House Game and Fisheries Committee and is currently tabled, would place the designation of species as threatened or endangered and designation of wild trout streams under the power of an Independent Regulatory Review Committee, and standing committees of the State House of Representatives and Senate with jurisdiction over the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission.
Laura Jackson, president of another turbine opposition group Save Our Allegheny Ridges, spoke about what she has learned about wind turbines and the impact they will have on the watershed and health of those living in the area. She said the two companies that have plans to build wind turbines are Volkswind and E.ON.
The sharply peaked ridgelines of Jacks and Stone are far too narrow for the towers. Not mentioned in the Daily News article is that the construction of the towers and access roads will require removal of a significant portion of the mountain top, perhaps as much as 100 feet (or more) of elevation in some places. That is not a typo - imagine our ridges with 100 feet blasted off the top: environmental destruction on a huge scale.
"We're being told that a 50-story structure somehow is not going to be obtrusive and is not going to affect property values," Jon Peters said. Peters and his wife own a home and 10 acres near Interstate 90 in North East. "The reality is that they're putting these things in neighborhoods, not in agricultural districts, and they're going to affect our homes."
Laura Jackson, president of Save Our Allegheny Ridges, said Tuesday that a test tower is up in Granville Township collecting data for one of the companies. She said it usually takes a number of years to collect the data. Jackson said these companies didn't think they would run into much community resistance, but that appears to be changing.
The class-action suits claim the company misstated its financial position this year when it touted that "our strong financial performance for the year reflects the health of the company and our continued execution upon our business model."
Consider the construction consequences. The pile drivers pounding in the monopoles stands will certainly disrupt the fish and fish migrations. Don't be fooled by the developers who claim wind turbines improve fishing. There is no proof. Lake Erie is already regarded as a world-class trophy fishery for bass and walleye, and we do not need wind developers to make it better.
The bill would extend production tax credits for six years, then phase them out over another six years. The credits, introduced in 1992 and renewed in 2008 and again last year, are set to expire Dec. 31. ...Fitzpatrick said the measure, introduced shortly before Congress left for its August recess, will do away with the uncertainty impacting the industry.
Colorado-based RES Americas claims BP Wind Energy and a related firm, Mehoopany Wind Energy LLC, owes them almost $56.2 million that the contractor says it is owed for work done to ensure that the $250 million wind farm went on line by Dec. 31.
"But when weather becomes a factor, and I'm thinking about 9:30 , 10 o'clock last night when they said this may have occurred, it was very nasty and visibilities were quite poor," Zampetti said. "Why the helicopter got into this area, no idea. But any time weather becomes a factor, you're messing with disaster."
The Mehoopany Wind Farm, operated by BP Wind Energy, is the site of a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five people Saturday night. It took off from Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott earlier that evening.
A $56 million court battle over costly delays to the Mehoopany Wind Farm last year has a contractor sparring with BP Wind Energy in two states, with subcontractors and area landowners caught in the crossfire. Colorado-based RES Americas filed suit against BP Wind and a related firm in Wyoming County Court, seeking $56,189,303 that the contractor says it is owed.
Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy began leasing property for a commercial wind farm south of Interstate 90 two years ago. Its original plan to build as many as 75 turbines to power about 45,000 homes recently was pared to 10 to 20 turbines, company officials said.