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Fenner town officials said it's the same 187-ton windmill - No. 18 of 20 - that collapsed in December 2009. It was replaced with a new wind turbine, Douglas said.
An out of control wind turbine has caused a road closure in Mojave.
City College’s Taisei Techno windmill blew apart in Sunday’s windstorm. Airfoils that turn the power-generating turbine could be seen crumbled inside the framework.
Flames were visible from Route 8 and a state trooper on patrol called in the alarm. Eight firefighters and an engine were sent to the site. The fiberglass housing that covers the machinery of windmill number four was on fire. ...The windmill is so high in the air that we cannot reach it to perform any type of extinguishment efforts and we cannot be underneath it due to falling debris,” said March.
Company officials say the turbine went up in flames around 2 a.m. ...The 10 other turbines are being monitored before being started up again.
Buda said lightning has struck 11 to 12 turbine blades owned by DTE in the Thumb area, while another five have been jolted at the utility’s Echo Wind Park, grounded mostly in Oliver and Chandler townships. Add that to three more strikes that Buda said occurred this week.
Heavy black smoke and flames billowed out of the gearbox, rotor shaft and brake assembly case of the horizontal axis wind turbine (W7). Most of one flaming propeller fell to the ground.
The Air Force first shut down the 389-foot-tall turbine, manufactured by Fuhrlander, in May of 2014 after there was an indication the gearbox was failing, Forbes said. Metal flakes were found in some oil, she said. ...It took time to get the funds approved for a new gearbox and a contract to hire a company to do the work. The project cost is $600,000, Forbes said.
It may cost Rim of the World Unified School District somewhere between $22,000 and $53,000 to satisfy state concerns about the structural integrity of the four steel poles supporting Rim of the World High School's wind turbines.
A wind turbine near Emington burned Sunday afternoon, bringing attention from people for miles.
"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach. We were advised by Iberdrola not to approach the turbine, just due to the safety factor, because there was a lot of debris that was burning and falling off.
"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach.
Driving down a county road in Henry County, Illinois, it’s not hard to spot the wind turbine with a broken blade. There are hundreds of turbines in the area but only one with two blades instead of three.
Vermont is considering a change to its energy policy that would end a practice that critics say amounts to double-counting the environmental benefits of its renewable sources of power.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, said Imperial County Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas, and it may be some time before the cause is determined.
A wind turbine that is a part of the NedPower Mount Storm wind project caught fire on Sunday afternoon (January 4, 2015).
"At this time, there is no threat to residents around the project, but we ask that all keep a safe distance from the affected turbine so that our safety personnel may conduct assessments and take any required actions as safely and quickly as possible."
It's unclear what caused a wind turbine in Haskell County to collapse on Monday, but the owner of the Buffalo Dunes wind farm says an investigation is underway. ...Completed last December, Buffalo Dunes 250-megawatt wind farm includes 135 GE wind turbines spread over 40,000 acres of land.
Investigators were called in to determine what happened. The company says it's too early to tell if it was caused by strong winds.
Although turbine maker GE confirmed the event, it would not provide many specifics. However, the company maintains that the incident has nothing to do with a series of previous failures with its 48.7-meter blades. ...As GE and BP investigate the failed blade at Mehoopany, the wind farm remains the subject of competing lawsuits stemming from construction of the $250 million project.