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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.
A wind energy conversion turbine caught fire Friday afternoon, causing responses from both Saunemin and Pontiac fire departments. ...It is, however, a little ironic that the source of power the turbines were trying to capture may have also caused or exacerbated the fire at the turbine.
A wind turbine in northern Livingston County caught fire Friday. ...Streator Cayuga Ridge began operating in March 2010.
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.
There were two big booms when it happened, one when it hit and then another when it probably flipped over,” said Fenner resident Dick Foringer, who lives about 900 feet away. ...Editor's note: Mr. Foringer confirmed by phone that the initial impact crater was 323 feet from the base of the turbine. The blade then bounced, and ultimately landed 471 feet from the base.
Fenner town officials said it's the same 187-ton windmill - No. 18 of 20 - that collapsed in December 2009. It was replaced with a new wind turbine, Douglas said.
A truck was transporting the blade, and it collided with a barrier on the side of the ramp and caused some damage, according to City of Lone Tree spokeswoman Kristen Knoll. The driver is being cited for careless driving.
An out of control wind turbine has caused a road closure in Mojave.
Up to 25 wind turbines would pose a “presumed hazard” to aircraft navigation from their perch atop North Mountain, the Federal Aviation Administration has determined.
The increasing number of wind turbines threatens the ability for a McKinley Township landowner to safely operate a private airstrip, an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association official said in a letter addressed to the county.
Being a commercial airline pilot myself, I understood and shared my colleague’s concerns. We were not alone — the airport manager expressed grave concerns about the project and the “operational safety and the economic impact it has on the airport.” As a result of what I learned I joined with them to oppose the project. Impacts on aviation were not the only problem with the Ira project.
Three retired pilots and former high-ranking officials have written a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials, expressing concern about a proposed wind turbine project in the towns of Somerset and Yates, and the impact of tall turbines on the the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
The Niagara Military Affairs Council has voiced its concerns about a proposal to erect a wind farm along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Niagara County. ...Apex ie eyeing placement of between 58 and 70 wind turbines, up to 620 feet tall each, along the lakeshore in Somerset and the neighboring town of Yates in Orleans County.
Dubie said the FAA’s notice “speaks for itself,” and said that as an airline pilot, the letter “absolutely” raises concerns in his mind. He said he had spoken to a regional director of the FAA who told him the turbines could interfere with radar communications.
According to a Notice of Presumed Hazard posted on the FAA’s website, the 499-foot-tall wind turbines proposed for Rocky Ridge in Swanton would have “an adverse physical or electromagnetic interference effect upon navigable airspace or air navigation facilities.” The structures exceed federal obstruction standards and therefore are “presumed to be a hazard to air navigation,” the notice states. The blades of the turbines would degrade radar used by Boston Center to regulate air traffic across New England states, New York and part of Pennsylvania.
The Boone County Planning, Zoning and Building Committee on Wednesday voted 4-1 to recommend an amendment to an ordinance governing where wind turbines can be placed in relation to property lines. ...The revised ordinance states that wind energy conversion systems must be at least 2,640 feet, or 5.5 times the height of the turbine tower, away from a property line. The current ordinance states that wind turbines must be 1,000 feet from a residence.
"It's been very controversial between the county and NextEra and some of the citizens opposed to the project," said Brettell. One neighbor says she's been concerned for safety since the turbines went up and that noise has been an issue. "We discovered that sleeping in the truck was more quiet and we got better sleep," said Sandra Wolfe.
The two barges became separated and drifted apart from each other in Block Island Sound before personnel secured the barge. One barge containing two of the 56-foot tall yellow decks was seen battling high seas off the island’s southwesterly side, while the other barge, carting three deck platforms, was situated off the coastline near the North Lighthouse.
Earlier plans for a 175-turbine wind farm drew criticism last year from Chapman Ranch residents who were concerned about diminishing property values, safety and changes to the area's aesthetics. Those plans were submitted to the FAA before Apex voluntarily withdrew all wind turbines in the blueprint from the new Corpus Christi City limits, after the city annexed the property last year. A study determined the project could interfere with radar.