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The blade bent and wrapped around the nacelle of the turbine, flinging a 12-foot piece of blade about 120 yards from the base. DTE Energy regional manager Ron Chriss said GE, the manufacturer of the turbine, will be on site this coming week to make repairs and investigate the cause.
As crews continue to probe why a 400-foot wind turbine fell on a farm field, county planners talked publicly for the first time Wednesday about the incident and aftermath. County Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith said he was out of town when the turbine fell, on Feb. 25, but went out to the site in Oliver Township on Feb. 29 with township officials.
“It’s important that the community know the short-term, mid-term, and long-term consequences of having turbines in the community,” Tussey said. “It’s not a situation where, if you don’t like it, you can just turn it off. It’s more akin to building a bridge, and once a bridge is built, it’s built.” Tussey plans to work with the concerned citizens in Ellington Township on an educational campaign intended to deliver straight facts about turbines – and not just at public meetings held during major snowstorms.
This year, wind energy developers will push Huron’s turbine count toward 500 and beyond. On Wednesday, residents skewered county planners for allowing that to happen, claiming they aren’t protecting residents and telling of the “hell” and “living nightmare” they’re now stuck with in the state’s unofficial wind capital.
“It gouged out a nice, big hole, about eight feet wide and three or four feet across." ...“A decision hasn’t been made yet on if the turbine will be replaced.” The company expects a “fact-finding” portion of the investigation to be completed in about a week, she said.
Residents of Ellington Township planned last night to ask township Supervisor Duane Lockwood to recuse himself from any further decisions regarding wind turbines in the community – and have threatened to file a lawsuit if it doesn’t happen.
Plans for a wind farm in central Clinton County that has been mired in controversy and legal battles for years appear to have been canceled.
The strong winter storm that hit Michigan this week may be the cause of a wind turbine collapse on the east side of the state.
Wheatland Township voters will have their say on March 8 over an amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance that sets up special parameters for wind turbines. The township’s board adopted the measure Sept. 12, and residents petitioned the language go to a public vote three months later.
DTE Energy regional manager Ron Chriss said a blade on the wind turbine bent and wrapped around the head, or nacelle, of the turbine. “DTE Energy found one piece of blade approximately 12 feet long on the ground about 120 yards away from the base,” Chriss said.
A nearly 400-foot, 485,000-pound wind turbine has fallen down on a farm field at the site of the state’s first utility-scale wind project. Oliver Township Supervisor Larry Krohn said it came down at about 5:20 a.m. in the middle of the field. ...The fall marks the second incident in less than a week in which a wind turbine has failed.
A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm that brought wind and heavy snow to much of the state, but the cause of the collapse is unclear. The Harvest I wind project, commissioned in 2008, includes 32 Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbines.
One of the wind turbines in the first commercial wind project to be done in Huron County came down this morning north-west of Elkton.
A top Tuscola County official said it was “very disconcerting” that at least one Ellington Township official struck a deal to lease land to NextEra Energy Resources – and has been involved in setting ordinances for wind turbines.
Photos taken Monday show the blade broken in at least two spots. The blade, which DTE says is made of carbon fiber and fiberglass, twists overtop the turbine’s nacelle, pointing downward and hanging between two other blades intact.
The Concerned Citizens of Argyle and Moore Townships held a Facts vs Fiction meeting at the St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Argyle Township on Saturday for nearly 100 area residents. Attendees heard speakers on the topics of abandoning homes, zoning ordinances, and acoustics. Voters in Argyle Township will see a proposed Ordinance Amendment on the March 8th ballot.
“Day after day, month after month, the wind developers are relentless in trying to force wind turbines in our townships in locations where the turbines will be negatively affecting the residents’ health, safety and welfare,” said Ellington Township resident Bobbie Mozden. “Board members, please revise the wind ordinance and protect our township residents.”
Blades breaking aren’t an anomaly in Huron County.
DTE Wind Energy crews are on the scene of a blade separation at the Sigel Township wind park near the corner of Section Line and Finkel Roads.
Citizens in yet another township may get their say at the ballot box regarding windmills. Approximately 100 people packed the Deckerville Community Center last Thursday evening, where the Marion Township Board of Trustees considered the proposal by Exelon Generation to expand its windmill district, and the planning commission considered the company’s site review application for 40 additional wind turbines.