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Conlan Kennedy, NextEra communication specialist, said the turbine was damaged the night of April 16. Members of a NextEra wind technician team said there was a big storm in the area that night and the team was investigating the possibility of a lightning strike but the cause is still under investigation, Kennedy said.
With the wind turbine standing over 400 feet tall, crews said the fire was impossible to reach. Sylvan Grove Fire Chief Marc Lovin says there isn't anything his firefighters can do but let the turbine burn.
There is security video and it showed the turbine working normally one minute then falling over the next, Newhold said.
"At this time, there is no threat to residents around the project, but we ask that all keep a safe distance from the affected turbine so that our safety personnel may conduct assessments and take any required actions as safely and quickly as possible."
It's unclear what caused a wind turbine in Haskell County to collapse on Monday, but the owner of the Buffalo Dunes wind farm says an investigation is underway. ...Completed last December, Buffalo Dunes 250-megawatt wind farm includes 135 GE wind turbines spread over 40,000 acres of land.
Investigators were called in to determine what happened. The company says it's too early to tell if it was caused by strong winds.
Disappointment and frustration, that’s how city commissioners describe the challenge of what was supposed to be a money-saver for citizens of El Dorado. Instead, commissioners say its been a series of trial and error trying to get it to work consistently.
Siemens Energy officials ordered wind turbines using its B53 rotor blade - manufactured at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant - to run at significantly reduced speeds while the company works to determine what caused two blades to fall from turbines at two wind farms in recent weeks.
An inspection of the damage was performed on Wednesday confirming a lightning strike. Results of the inspection show the damage does not appear to be extensive.
The turbine never worked properly ...Enertech responded by saying the arena had inadequate amperage service, so the arena spent $23,000 to upgrade the service. In September 2010, the turbine malfunctioned and flung oil or something similar to it over the arena.
Just three months after starting electrical production, the blades on the wind turbines at the Flat Ridge Wind Farm in Barber County are developing small surface cracks. Clipper Windpower of Carpinteria, Calif. provides the wind turbines that are produced by another manufacturer. The problem was discovered at another Clipper project site, said Mary Gates, director of global communications for Clipper Windpower. ..."It was a quality control deficiency with the suppliers process," Gates said.
A blown transformer that has idled scores of wind turbines at the Smoky Hills Wind Farm for about four months is expected to be replaced soon. "If all goes well, it should be online in the next couple weeks," said Cinthia Hertel, a spokeswoman for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, one of the utilities with contracts to receive power from the wind farm, which is located along Interstate Highway 70 at the Ellsworth/Lincoln county line.
Rose Bacon, member of the Governor's Energy Task Force and a rancher who owns property in the Flint Hills, spoke about the vulnerability of communities facing proposals from international companies that want to build commercial wind farms in rural areas. She pointed to the lack of “teeth” in regulations, and the attractive tax write-offs granted to wind energy companies, and the inexperience of local officials in dealing with such monstrous deals, depicting a state-wide scenario akin to the “wildcatter days in the oil business.”