Articles filed under Safety

Wind projects encountering more hurdles

Getting proposed wind farms spinning in North Dakota isn’t as easy as in the past, and it’s likely to get more difficult. There are growing concerns about the projects, ranging from the impact on the viewshed to the noise created by the turbines.
7 Nov 2019

As PSC considers wind farm permit, regulators look at lighting, local workforce issues

Helicopters fly hundreds of missions each year related to the operation of intercontinental ballistic missiles buried in North Dakota. Blair wrote that one of the Air Force’s concerns is that the lights could notify opposition forces of the location of a helicopter flying at night. “This would severely degrade our capability and jeopardize mission accomplishment,” he said.
31 Oct 2019

Why wind farms would jeopardize our safety

Many are aware that one of the world’s largest wind energy developers, E.ON, has proposed building large industrial wind farms in both Gibson and Posey counties. This development has been met with great resistance in both counties due to their close proximity to the Doppler Radar station in nearby Owensville. 
25 Oct 2019

Maui brush fire near Maalaea wind farm continues to spread

At about 9:10 a.m. today, Maui firefighters responded to the brush fire on the upper slopes of the mountain near the intersection of North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway. Access to the fire is limited due to the extremely steep terrain, fire officials said. At the time, the fire was about 5 acres in size and spreading uphill toward the turbines at Kaheawa wind farm. The employees at Kaheawa were told to evacuate, as were Pali trail hikers.
3 Oct 2019

Energy firm continues investigation into cause of incident at wind farm

Construction manager Scott Creech confirmed an incident occurred Wednesday in Bon Homme County. However, he declined to provide more details on what caused the tipping of the crane, which was shown lying on the ground in social media photos. ...Creech also declined to confirm the crane’s height. However, Ronnie Hornstra, president of Prevailing Wind LLC, has told the Press & Dakotan "two of the only three mammoth cranes this size in the United States are on the project."
27 Sep 2019

Finally: GE engineer shares reasons for multiple turbine failures

“Two of the incidents involved blades coming apart during the operation of the turbine in high wind speeds, but resulting from different contributing factors,” said Hall. “The other two incidents of the first four appear to be related to how our control systems responded to a sequence of events in the field. “It does not appear that a single, systemic issue. 
17 Sep 2019

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