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Another blade failure at Wildcat Wind

Wildcatwind-bladebreak-2_thumb There was another turbine blade failure at the Wildcat Wind I facility owned by E.ON Climate and Renewables. The incident occurred sometime during the evening of April 2nd. The turbine is located just east of 500 East and north of Hiway 28 in Tipton County.This is the second blade failure at the project since February. The 200 MW project, consisting of 125 GE 1.6 XLE turbines was placed in service at the end of 2012. No cause of failure has been reported although lightning is an expected cause. The broken blade was found on the ground between 75-100 feet from the tower.
2 Apr 2014

Iberdrola owned Locust Ridge wind turbine fire

Windmillfirepetewalinchusschuylkillcountyfirewire_thumb Iberdrola's Locust Ridge wind energy facility experienced a catestrophic turbine fire. The project, located in Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was constructed in two phases and totals 64 Gamesa 2 MW turbines across more than 10 miles of ridgeline. Phase I (13 turbines) was completed in 2006. Phase II (51 turbines) was placed in-service in 2009. The turbine was permitted to burn itself out.
15 Mar 2014

GE 1.6 MW turbines dominate Michigan's landscape

Echowind_1_thumb DTE Energy's 112 MW Echo Wind project is under construction in the townships of Elkton, Chandler, and Oliver in Michigan's Huron County. Construction of the wind facility's 70 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines was completed in mid-October. GE's commissioning of the project was scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The company suspended commissioning activities after experiencing a catastrophic blade failure on Nov. 7, 2013.
27 Feb 2014

Scorched Gamesa turbine dismantled

Kumeyaaysmokingturbine12-16-13_thumb Infigen takes down their scorched Kumeyaay Wind turbine following a December 16, 2013 fire which sparked a brush fire on the land leased from the Campo tribe. The 25 Gamesa 1.5 MW turbines were first installed in late 2005 and suffered a still unexplained catastrophic failure during a storm in December 2009 which resulted in all 75 blades and generators being replaced in early 2010. An Infigen v Gamesa lawsuit was settled last year. The Gamesa turbine that burst into flames in December was about 4 years old. These photos show the burning turbine and its dismantling. Note the proximity of homes.
25 Feb 2014

BPA: Wind Energy flatlines during the week of Jan 20-27, 2014

Bpa-generation-jan20-27-2014_thumb BPA, which transmits and sells wholesale electricity in eight western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California) barely registered any wind power generation in the week beginning Jan 20, 2014 to January 27, 2014. Look for the green line along the bottom of the graph. BPA has 4,515 MWs of installed wind energy. BPA balances the ups and downs of wind energy primarily with hydropower generated at federal dams resulting in no net reduction of carbon emissions. For more information visit this site which tracks real-time and historic generation.
27 Jan 2014

Invenergy in New York: blade break

Orangeville-t34bladebreak_thumb Invenergy's Orangeville Wind Farm (formerly known as the Stony Creek Wind project) experienced a catastrophic blade break. The project, which is still under construction includes 58 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines (94 megawatts). The turbines are scheduled for commission  the second week of December 2013. Witnesses at the site told WindAction that blade debris flew past the 511-foot safety zone set by the town for participating landowners, 700 feet from property lines for non-participating neighbors, and 1100 feet from non-participating neighbors' structures/residences. The setback distances were requested by Eric Miller of Invenergy to get more turbines in a smaller area.
17 Nov 2013

Wind turbine fire in the Netherlands claims lives of two

Turbineburns-netherlands_thumb WInd turbine fire at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on the Dutch island of Goeree Vlakke. A video of the burning turbine and flaming debris can be seen here. Two technicians lost their lives as a result of the fire at the Deltawind’s 21MW Piet de Wit wind farm near Ooltgensplaat in the Netherlands. The two mechanics (ages 19 and 21) were working on one of 12 Vestas V66-1.75MW turbines when the fire erupted. Deltawind suggested a short circuit on the unit could have caused the fire but no official report has been released. The project was undergoing scheduled maintenance.
29 Oct 2013

Osprey New Home

Ospreys_new_home_thumb This personal turbine erected in Cape Vincent, New York was declared by the town as an illegal structure. The turbine still stands but not used until a local resident, an Osprey, move in.
14 Jun 2013

Wind turbine oil leaks

Turbine-oil_leak_thumb These images show a turbine at the EDPR Renewables Twin Grove wind facility in Ellsworth, Illinois. The leaks occurred on multiple wind turbines at the site, less than two years after they were placed in service.
30 May 2013

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