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Is the Mason Co. wind farm a safety hazard?

While wind energy is controversial across Northern Michigan, some residents in the Ludington area say this project actually puts the lives of residents in the community at risk. That is because they believe several of the wind turbines are going to be built too close to gas lines.
8 Nov 2011

Wind turbine's volt transformer shot

An employee of the wind park responded early Thursday morning to "trouble shoot" problems with the wind turbine grid. It was determined someone using a firearm had shot the 34,500 volt transformer. ...A hole was found in the transformer's radiator resulted in damage, which caused oil to leak out.
11 Dec 2010

Wind turbine blade falls off again at Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port

Smith said brief power outages experienced in the area cause the three turbines to instantly stop and recoil, which fatigues the blades in the area where they are likely to break. When the blades are new, they're more flexible and durable. ...we are going to direct all maintenance employees to approach away from the blades and keep visitors away. The blade ejection happens rarely, but we need to err on the side of safety.
3 Dec 2010

Idled turbine's costs could soar

Public utility officials may end up spending tens of thousands more than anticipated on a broken wind turbine. Traverse City Light & Power's towering wind turbine along M-72 in Leelanau County's Elmwood Township has been idle for more than three months. Officials originally said a failed generator bearing would cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to repair. Then another problem arose.
12 Jan 2010

Wind turbine concerns lead to road closure

A road in Missaukee County was closed for several hours Sunday afternoon and three homes were evacuated as a safety precaution after construction workers became concerned about the stability of a newly-installed 400-foot wind turbine. ...[the homes] were still evacuated out of an abundance of caution in terms of possible flying debris.
20 Oct 2009

Winds howling, but Thumb windmills still can’t catch a breeze

DTE Energy unveiled two ‘’solutions'’ Friday for turning windmills back on at Laker Elementary School, but neither option will work, school officials say. Laker leaders say DTE officials don’t seem to understand how windmills work and the coal-burning utility continues to drag its feet on the project. A DTE engineer is supposed to be back at the school on Monday to study the turbines.
14 Oct 2006

Barcia wants windmills back on at Thumb elementary school

The recent shutdown of three windmills at an elementary school in Michigan’s Thumb has put state regulators on the hot seat. Putting heat on the Michigan Public Service Commission in Lansing will hopefully help get three windmills at Laker Elementary School near Pigeon turned back on, and make it easier for future wind developers to locate here, said State Sen. Jim Barcia, D-Bay City. Barcia said he plans to send a letter, likely today, ‘’requesting that the PSC play a stronger leadership role'’ in resolving the Laker school issue without putting an undue financial hardship on the school. Two weeks ago, the school windmills were shut down by a contractor after DTE Energy raised safety and reliability concerns about the turbines, including whether the electrical grid can handle additional generation and whether line workers could be injured by power from the turbines during an outage.
2 Oct 2006

Second wind farm project halted

The wind has been taken right out of a second wind energy project in the Thumb Area. Last month, Michigan’s first wind farm near Ubly was put on hold until next year. Now a smaller wind energy project in the Laker School District near Pigeon has been shut down by DTE Energy. The utility company says safety is the reason, but others disagree.
26 Sep 2006

Land Use Issues of Wind Turbine Generator Sites- Ice Throw

Otsegowindicethrow_thumb Ice throw is a concern related to the fact that any object at the end of the rotating blades is traveling at a high rate of speed. In the case of a 60 meter turbine (about 200’ diameter), rotating at 20 RPM, the tip of the blade is traveling at just over 140 mph. If the turbine diameter increases to 80 meters, the tip speed increases to just over 187 mph. There are reports of ice having accumulated at the tip of the turbine and upon breaking loose, traveling significant distance......
19 Jan 2004
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