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Governor approves bill that clarifies approval process for future wind development in Oklahoma

House Bill 2118 updates existing law by adding language that prohibits a wind developer from building turbine towers or other structures that also need federal approvals until those have been issued and filed with appropriate authorities at both the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. It also authorizes the Corporation Commission to assess an administrative penalty of up to $1,500 a day, per violation, against any developers who violate that prohibition.
8 May 2019

Legislature passes new bill to protect military airspace from wind turbine encroachment

A Determination of No Hazard and mitigation plan for any adverse impacts to military airspace must be submitted to the Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission before wind turbine construction starts. The bill specifies a $1,500 penalty per day, per turbine, for any new construction that doesn't meet the new guidelines, and sets administrative rules for resolving disputes over turbine projects.
2 May 2019

TPI Composites factory in Newton settles case with Iowa OSHA, brings in new protective gear for workers

The mutually agreed upon resolution means TPI has committed to abating many of the alleged safety violations in its plant. ...TPI still faces litigation in Iowa's civil court system. Six former employees have sued the company for gross negligence, breach of contract and fraud, accusing the company of instituting a "systematic practice of hiring healthy employees and then terminating them from employment after their employees sustained a chemical injury."
30 Apr 2019

Seymour Johnson commander calls for "status quo" as NC considers wind farm ban

Seymour Johnson's Col. Donn Yates didn't specifically endorse the bill, but he told state senators that he needs "the status quo" to train jet pilots at low altitude in North Carolina. Senate Bill 377 would block windmills across hundreds of square miles in the state, protecting military training runs not only in eastern North Carolina but through a smaller swath of the western part of the state as well.
11 Apr 2019

Why insurance claims in renewable energy industry are rising

[A]sset owners and risk managers in the U.S. renewable energy market raised concerns about the impact of cost pressures, both on the integrity of assets and on sustainable insurance pricing. In particular, accelerated build times have caused an unusual amount of material damage during construction. As construction firms have come under pressure to build projects more efficiently and in shorter timeframes, less experienced personnel are being used to handle increasingly complex equipment, resulting in a higher frequency and severity of claims, attendees were told.
4 Apr 2019

Crews respond to wind turbine fire in Huron County

Firefighters and deputies were called after a wind turbine caught fire near the village of Elkton. Jeff Smith, an Elkton village official, said the fire, which broke out on April 1,  is 300 feet in the air and crews cannot reach it to extinguish the blaze. The turbine is part of the Harvest II wind energy facility placed in service in November 2012 by Exelon and is one of 33 Vestas V-100 (1.8 MW) turbines erected in Oliver, Chandler and McKinley townships.
1 Apr 2019

Bill would prohibit new wind farms in coastal swath

"The comprehensive mapping effort, if used as a template, should provide the state compatible growth around military installations that doesn’t interfere with ranges and military installation missions," retired Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson and retired Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock said in a joint statement. "This proposal brings clarity to an issue that may possibly weigh against North Carolina's military installations in future [base closure] evaluations.”
28 Mar 2019

Navy may oppose wind farms off Morro Bay — but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen

Wind_power_navy_012518_tribune-offshore_ca_thumb The dream of Morro Bay as a new hub of offshore renewable energy production in California could be over before it even gets its sea legs — or it could just be ramping up. ...State and San Luis Obispo County leaders say they’ve been informed the Navy will likely recommend against building potential wind farms off the coast of Morro Bay and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, something that could effectively sink hopes for the North Coast to be a new hub of renewable energy.
22 Mar 2019

Mt. Pleasant sending letter to FAA with concern about wind turbines’ height

Concerns about a proposed wind farm’s impact on Mt. Pleasant Airport will be communicated to the Federal Aviation Administration after city commissioners approved the correspondence on Monday. Apex Clean Energy is planning a wind farm in six townships in Isabella County, with groundwork expected to begin this summer and the turbines themselves being put up in 2020.
12 Mar 2019

High winds topple turbine

Garner didn't speculate on what caused the wind turbine to fall over. However, other turbine mishaps that have occurred during high winds were because the turbine's braking system failed. Modern wind turbines are designed to shut off or slow their blades during high winds. If the blades turn too fast, it can cause the entire structure to become unstable and then disintegrate.
20 Feb 2019

Radar on your weather app look odd? Wind turbines can create interference, say meteorologists

Meteorologists have overlays and other maps to know where the wind farms are so they know not to “trust the data” coming from that area, Miller said. But for radar sent out online, through popular weather smartphone apps or to local television stations, it’s up to the TV meteorologist or the viewer to understand the information. “There’s no way for us to filter that out of there,” Miller said. 
21 Jan 2019

Radar on your weather app look odd? Wind turbines can create interference, say meteorologists

Meteorologists have overlays and other maps to know where the wind farms are so they know not to “trust the data” coming from that area, Miller said. But for radar sent out online, through popular weather smartphone apps or to local television stations, it’s up to the TV meteorologist or the viewer to understand the information. “There’s no way for us to filter that out of there,” Miller said. 
21 Jan 2019

Wind turbine movement for offshore South Carolina possible training threat to the military

The military’s concern is real. The Navy wants to renew a five-year permit that allows a sea and air warfare-training range along 50,000 square miles off the East Coast, including South Carolina, starting 12 miles out. The bigger turbines under development rise as high as a football field is long, with blades stretching out 60 feet. The turbine housing itself is as big as a passenger jet. Radar, particularly older radar, picks up the turning blades and the signal could be misread.
9 Dec 2018

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