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Ocotillo turbine collapse investigation launched

Both this project and Siemens have a history of serious problems, however, leading to questions of whether federal or state oversight is needed to protect public safety. Ocotillo Wind, built by Pattern Energy, previously had a wind turbine fire in January 2015 and an 11-ton blade hurled off onto a public trail in May 2013, among other mechanical failures,  as we reported at the time. 
22 Nov 2016

Turbine fires – a burning issue for the industry

“Faced with this increased scrutiny [from negative headlines] and the long-term financial impact of a total turbine loss, we need to address the causes and consequences of turbine fires and, as a community, recognise that it affects each company in the industry. “We cannot allow a handful of torched assets to become a symbol of our inability to work together.”
31 Oct 2016

Massive wind turbine catches fire and burns for hours because German fire fighters don't have ladders long enough to tackle the 100m high blaze

The flames struck this morning in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake. Around 40 emergency personnel and six vehicles attended the scene. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
29 Aug 2016
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