The growing wind industry is increasingly looking to offshore to capture ample wind resources, especially in the Northeast U.S. However, the impact of this development on commercial fishermen, endangered species, and grid reliability is being ignored. Hear from a group of Rhode Island fishermen who are suing the federal government to properly enforce its laws and how Texas could be impacted by the outcome. Speakers: Bonnie Brady - Exec. Director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association Meghan Lapp - Fisheries Liaison and General Manager, Seafreeze Shoreside Rep. Jared Patterson - Texas State Representative The Hon. Jason Isaac - Director of Life:Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Texas Public Policy Foundation goes to court to challenge the federal government’s massive, ill-conceived program that would afflict the Outer Continental Shelf with hundreds of wind farms, decimate commercial fishing and jeopardize the nation’s food supply. The immediate victims of this federal folly are families who have been fishing these waters for generations in order to provide food for the nation.
Swedish energy company Vattenfall said turbine parts fell into the sea at the Ormonde Wind Farm six miles (10km) off the coast at Barrow, Cumbria. Debris from the incident could be widespread according to the operator. The Ormonde facility was placed in service in 2011 and consists of 30 5-MW turbines. The facility was undergoing maintenance when the equipment was dropped.
The neighbors say since last fall, every time it rains, a little more of their land is being washed away by excess stormwater runoff from Dominion Energy’s Belcher Solar Project.
Union Pacific officials said the train collided with the truck around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 183. The Luling Police Department said the Northern Lights Specialized Transport truck was partially across the railroad track when it was struck by the train. The truck and trailer were overturned. The trailer split, and the turbine blade damaged three parked unoccupied vehicles, the railroad crossing signal controller, a commercial building and a utility pole, all located on the east side of Magnolia Avenue (U.S. 183).
Ohio Northern University's wind turbine burns in early morning hours on Friday, March 26th 2021. It appears that the brake failed causing an over-speed event that started the fire in the nacelle.
Another turbine at Iberdrola's Locust Ridge wind facility in Union Township, PA has been engulfed in flames. This video is courtesy of the West End Fire & Rescue in Mahanoy City, PA
MidAmerican's Arbor Hill wind energy facility suffered a failure when a portion of a 177-foot long blade broke off the turbine and was flung onto another farmer's property. A similar blade break occurred at a month later at the Beaver Creek wind farm, also owned and operated by MidAmerican. Both the Arbor Hill and Beaver Creek facilities have Vestas V110 2.0 MW turbines installed.
In early 2020, Arkwright’s new Town Board appointed Dr. Mark Twichell as the town’s voluntary noise monitor. The official instrument he’s supplied with measures only AUDIBLE sound, as per the State and the wind corporations. And while the audible sound, when Dr. Twichell has monitored it, invariably goes over the 50 decibel limit, it’s then averaged out: “an opaque way of hiding noise by averaging it.”
The Bjerkreim Søndre cluster in Norway is the result of a 15-year contract by Facebook to acquire the full output of the 294MW facility. The turbines are sited at/around latitude and longitude of 58.437781, 6.089634 which appears to be a highly complex terrain that includes an abundance of rock formations and water areas. The impact on the natural environment of these 70 Siemens SWT-DD-130-4.2 MW turbines each standing around 600-feet tall on the landscape is impossible to fully assess.
NOLAN COUNTY, Texas — Firefighters battled a wildfire in Nolan County. Sweetwater Fire Chief said the Game Ranch Fire, located just north of FM 89 near the Nolan/Taylor County line, was sparked by a wind turbine. As of Monday evening, the fire had burned 1,500 acres, and was 30-percent contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service is working with Sweetwater FD, Lake Sweetwater VFD, Mulberry Canyon VFD and Nolan County VFD to put out the fire.
One of the 47 Siemens G132-3.465 MW turbines operating at Apex Clean Energy's Midway Wind facility in Texas exploded into flames. The turbines stand 495 feet tall and were placed in service at the end of 2018. The burning turbine is located between Gregory, TX and Taft, TX near Corpus Christi.
This video clip illustrates the risks a landowner takes when you get involved with energy companies including industrial wind turbine developers. The Sheidler's testimony as submitted last week to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee can be read here.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A wind turbine collapsed in the Bronx on Monday, setting off a frightening series of events.
After a lengthy debate over wind turbines in an Iowa county, the Board of Supervisors voted to temporarily halt new wind and solar projects for the next year.
This segment highlights the impacts and risks of constructing wind turbines along the US eastern coast.
Professor Richard Mann invited Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira to speak about the harm to health from low-frequency noise and infrasound. She spent three days visiting Ontario’s largest industrial wind power project and meeting with residents who are now experiencing the cumulative and irreversible harm from industrial wind turbines that surround their homes, before the presentation. Her presentation held at the University of Waterloo represents the most current information available regarding wind turbines, low-frequency noise emissions and the impact on humans.
Scientists and engineers detail the glaring mistake that render wind farms inefficient and costly.
The life expectancy of a wind turbine is about 25 years. After that they can either be retooled or taken down. The state of Wyoming was one of the first to implement regulations to make sure the state did not have the problem of dead abandoned wind turbines. California, for example, has entire fields of them.