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I write here a cautionary warning for those who may mistakenly think that today’s wind energy is that quaint throwback to olden days. Old –fashioned windmills were not connected with miles and miles of high voltage underground and overhead wires. If your rural community is presently under siege by a mega-billion industrial scale wind turbine developer, Buyer beware. (Editor's note: The incident described in this piece involving the turbine failure occurred the week of August 27, 2018)
He said a wind turbine four miles south of Zearing off U.S. Highway 65 was damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Iowa earlier this summer, leaving one blade dangling. Then, lightning struck it during the storms this weekend.
A Mitchell County family of five is temporarily out of a home because of an out of control wind turbine. ...The company put the family up in a hotel, but has not been able to say how soon they can go home. The failed turbine was part of Third Planet Windpower's Loraine wind facility placed in service in two phases in 2010 and 2011. The facility consistes of 67 GE 1.5sle turbines (phase 1) and 100 GE 1.5xle turbines (phase 2) for a total nameplate capacity of 250.5 MW. The approximate coordinates of the incident are: 32.408429N, 100.685522W
A malfunctioning wind turbine sparked a grass fire near Arlington that burned about 2,000 acres on Thursday. Joe Claughton, North Gilliam Rural Fire Protection District chief, said no buildings were burned, but two railroad trestles caught on fire. The fire started about half a mile from milepost 3 on Highway 19 by Rattlesnake Road.
A defective GE 2.5MW wind turbine erupted in flames at the Caithness Shepherds Flat wind energy facility causing fire to spread to more than a thousand acres of brush. The failed turbine was located at Rhea Road and Highway 19 just East of Arlington, Oregon in Gilliam County. The project was commissioned in 2012 and includes 338 turbines (845 MW) making it one of the largest in the United States.
A railroad bridge burns Thursday night (Aug. 2, 2018) in Arlington, Oregon. Firefighters said a wind turbine caught fire, sparking a blaze.
Wind-warped turbine sits still about a half mile north of E29 on Highway 65. One of the blades was bent like a rabbit ear due to storm-related winds that came through Central Iowa last week. It was the only one with this kind of damage in the pod of turbines.
KEOKUK, IA — Three wind turbines impacted the Des Moines River Bridge in Keokuk Saturday morning just after 6:30 a.m.
A massive wind turbine caught fire Thursday night near Beaver in Boone county.
The MidAmerican Energy Co. is investigating the cause of the Thursday night fire in a wind turbine in Boone County near Beaver.
Schuylkill County fire companies were dispatched Monday night to a 390-foot-tall windmill that caught fire at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm near Mahanoy City, according to emergency radio reports.
In mid-May, crews will be removing the nacelle of the turbine, which was heavily damaged in an April 1 fire. ...A Vestas engineer concluded that the turbine experienced “an arc flash,” a type of electrical explosion, that led to the electrical fire.
According to the engineer’s findings, the turbine experienced an arc flash that caused an electrical fire. Officials with Vestas have declared the nacelle a total loss, though the tower and foundation are reusable, and will be providing the University with the costs for options ranging from decommissioning of the turbine to replacement of the unit.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - The site is secure around the wind turbine that caught fire last Sunday night on the University of Maine Presque Isle campus.
The damaged turbine was one of 30 Vestas V110 2.2 turbines at the Hog Creek Wind facility that is owned and operated by EDP REnewables. The project was placed in service at the end of 2017.
The turbine was located less than 300 feet from the school's soccer fields.
According to UMPI President Ray Rice, the generator of the wind turbine caught fire around 10:45 last night. Rice said that produced an electrical surge which caused a good portion of the University to lose power.
Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that on March 28 a wind turbine two miles south of Weatherford caught fire, throwing sparks to the ground. The sparks caused a grass fire that was contained after growing to approximately five acres. Eight fire engines responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire.
“It appears that the turbine generator caught on fire and the overload from it subsequently tripped the campus breakers,” Rice said in a statement. “This caused most of campus to lose power."
Several residents near Weatherford caught video of a wind turbine on fire on Wednesday afternoon.