Articles filed under Safety

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

Residents living near wind farm fed up with constant banging noise from damaged blade

Residents living near the Sumac Ridge Wind Farm say a damaged blade isn’t the only thing that’s been left blowing in the wind. The are fed up with the dangling piece of metal hitting the turbine and making a loud banging noise for the past two weeks. They are calling on the owners to repair it immediately saying it’s causing headaches and keeping then up at night.
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

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