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Wind taken out of sails

"It is likely that one blade failed, and the imbalance created gyroscopic forces that broke the other two," Jones said. That is small comfort to those considering wind turbines. ...But with so many projects on hold and so much at stake, these flaws need to be addressed quickly - before someone is decapitated.
25 Apr 2011

OSHA to fine LM Wind Power $136,500

In two days in October, inside of wind-turbine blade No. 106, the amount of a hazardous substance called styrene reached 1,889 parts per million and then 2,195 parts per million, triggering air-quality alarms at LM Wind Power in Grand Forks.
25 Apr 2011

Wind turbine failures in Lacey put state energy program on hold

Knoeller's 17-year-old granddaughter was working with horses near the tower when the blades flew off. "One of them nearly hit her. ...The most disappointing aspect of this project prior to the blades falling off was the electric production was only 25 percent of what I was told I was going to get . The catastrophic blade failure was the last straw," Knoeller added.
24 Apr 2011

Minnesota wind energy firm faces $378,000 fine

The technician suffered third-degree burns in the accident at the Iberdrola Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm near Odell, Ill. An investigation by OSHA found Outland didn't ensure technicians placed locks and tags on ground-level switches. A worker flipped a switch, energizing a transformer while the technician was working 350 feet above.
19 Apr 2011

Minnesota wind energy firm faces $378,000 fine

The technician suffered third-degree burns in the accident at the Iberdrola Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm near Odell, Ill. An investigation by OSHA found Outland didn't ensure technicians placed locks and tags on ground-level switches. A worker flipped a switch, energizing a transformer while the technician was working 350 feet above.
19 Apr 2011

Lawmakers debate regulations for wind turbines

Officials at Naval Air Station Kingsville have led the charge for new notice requirements, saying wind farms, which look like storms or aircraft on radars, could hamper the base's mission to train jet pilots. The wind industry opposes new requirements.
8 Apr 2011

Face the wind and its significant challenges

The proliferation of wind energy projects has raised concerns about the long-term viability of Naval Air Station Kingsville's mission to train aviators. In an attempt to protect the Navy base, state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and state Rep. J.M. Lozano, D-Kingsville, filed a bill to require notification of plans to build turbines within 25 miles of a military installation.
8 Apr 2011

No easy answers blowing in the wind: Wind farms trick radar, raising public policy questions

Some technical solutions are on the horizon. Raytheon has plans to roll out new software algorithms as early as 2012 ...Patrick Paddock, an operations specialist and radar expert at Naval Air Station Kingsville, said those solutions would require years of testing and procurement processes before the military could begin to implement them.
2 Apr 2011

No easy answers blowing in the wind: Wind farms trick radar, raising public policy questions

Some technical solutions are on the horizon. Raytheon has plans to roll out new software algorithms as early as 2012 ...Patrick Paddock, an operations specialist and radar expert at Naval Air Station Kingsville, said those solutions would require years of testing and procurement processes before the military could begin to implement them.
2 Apr 2011

Aviation board: It's not up to us

While downplaying the impact of their decisions on a potential wind farm in southern Henry County, members of the aviation board here are moving forward with the construction of a new runway. ...Going back to the FAA could delay the runway construction project by about a year.
30 Mar 2011

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