A wind turbine that caught fire and sparked a wild fire northeast of Evanston, Wyoming. The turbine is one of the 80 Vestas 1.8 MW turbines (total 144 MW capacity) at the Wyoming Wind Energy Center. The facility is owned and operated by Nextera Energy Resources.
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The 108 wind turbines would be between 5.45 nautical miles and 13.6 nautical miles north of the airport’s navigation reference point. ...if the “reported altimeter setting is different than the actual air pressure 5 or 10 miles from the airport” an avoidable accident could occur because the wind turbine would be only 56 feet below the navigation intersection.
Description: The Glenrock wind facility in Wyoming blew a blade. The 39 megawatt project which includes 26 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines, was built on an abandoned coal mine. It was placed in service in 2009.
The Glenrock wind facility in Wyoming blew a blade. The 39 megawatt project which includes 26 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines, was built on an abandoned coal mine. It was placed in service in 2009.
This has been known to fry wind turbines. With snow, ice and frigid weather, winter creates complications for renewable energy, as I wrote last week. But for Ralph Brokaw, a Wyoming rancher with both cows and wind turbines on his land, the worst hazard is not the ice that his blades can throw off in the winter. Rather, it is lightning strikes on the towers.