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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 23, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Leaks stall turbines, Gloucester’s wind income

GLOUCESTER – The two wind turbines generating electricity and revenue for the city of Gloucester have been slowed due to mechanical issues in recent weeks – and that has slowed the revenue stream the city expects from the giant alternative energy sources. Both of the city’s turbines on the grounds of the former Gloucester Engineering property have leaking hydraulics issues, said Sumul Shah, who works with Solaya Energy of Stoneham and manages maintenance and repairs for the turbines for Equity Partners . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Highway 50 remains closed both directions east of Fowler

SOUTHERN COLORADO – Highway 50 is closed in both directions after a semi truck carrying wind turbine towers was involved in accident between S. Main St and N.Park St. The highway has been been closed since 2:30 a.m. this morning. One of the towers is partially blocking lanes and crews are working to remove the tower, but it may be quite some time yet. The tower is also blocking the railroad tracks at the location. Power lines are also down . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine piece falls off semi, power outage and Highway 50 blocked

OTERO COUNTY – It’s not something you see every day: a huge piece of a wind turbine blocking the highway. That’s exactly what happened early Tuesday morning near Fowler in Otero County. A semi truck lost it’s load and the accident shut down part of Highway 50 for most of the day. Colorado State Patrol says the size and complexity of the turbine played a role in the accident. While losing the load, a power line was also knocked over . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Enercon blades destroyed during installation

GERMANY: Two blades of an Enercon turbine were damaged when its wind energy converter “went into overspeed” during installation, the manufacturer has said. The E115 turbine (like the model above) was damaged last week, Enercon confirmed Enercon stated it does not know why this happened during the final stages of installing the E115/3.0MW turbine at the 21MW Borchen-Etteln site in north-west Germany last week (Thursday, 8 March). Investigations into the incident are under way, the company confirmed, and an “independent . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Enercon probes blade bust

Enercon is investigating the destruction of blades on a E-115 turbine at Westfalenwind’s 21MW Etteln wind farm near Paderborn in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The damage occurred last week when the rotors reached overspeed during final installation works, an Enercon spokesman said. No one was hurt during the incident, he added. The exact reason for the blade failure is not yet known and Enercon is working with an unnamed third-party expert on the investigation. Once the investigations are completed, the turbine . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad-Havarie: neue 200m-Windkraftanlage in Borchen völlig zerfetzt

[Environmental disaster due to wind turbine accident in the district of Paderborn: A new Enercon wind turbine in Borchen-Etteln has flown apart. A more than 500m radius is contaminated with countless glass fiber particles.] Umweltkatastrophe durch Windenergieanlagen-Unfall im Kreis Paderborn: Ein neues ENERCON-Windrad in Borchen-Etteln ist auseinander geflogen. Ein über 500m großer Umkreis ist mit unzähligen Glasfaser-Partikeln kontaminiert! Am 8. März gegen 19 Uhr sind zwei Rotoren einer nagelneuen ENERCON E-115-Windkraftanlage völlig zerfetzt worden – nach Augenzeugenberichten und Fotos sind . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Rotorblätter von Windrad bei Borchen zerfetzt – Wind turbine blades shredded

Kreis Paderborn. Auf einem Feld bei Borchen-Etteln hat sich der dritte schwere Windrad-Unfall im Kreis Paderborn innerhalb von zwei Jahren ereignet. Am Donnerstagabend wurden zwei der drei Rotorblätter völlig zerfetzt, mehrere Glasfaser-Kunststoff-Bruchstücke fielen zu Boden. Die Unfall-Ursache wird derzeit von Experten untersucht. Nach NW-Informationen könnte es sich um einen Montage-Fehler handeln. Zum Zeitpunkt des Vorfalls waren zwar Monteure vor Ort, sie kamen jedoch mit dem Schrecken davon. Aus Sicherheitsgründen ist der Bereich um die Unglücksstelle in einem Radius von 500 . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Hanover departments respond to fire at wind turbine

The Hanover fire and highway departments responded to a report of smoke coming from the wind turbine on Pond Street Friday morning. Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Jason Cavallaro reported smoke coming from the wind turbine at 11:47 a.m. on Friday, March 9. Three fire vehicles were called to the scene, according to Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard. The National Grid power company and the turbine’s maintenance workers were called to the scene. “We determined that it was an electrical issue . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Hanover: crews respond to turbine fire

Hanover Fire Crews were called to the scene of a wind turbine fire. Chief Jeffrey Blanchard says Deputy Fire Chief Jason Cavallaro was travelling on Washington St. around 11:47 a.m. Friday when he noticed smoke coming from the town’s wind turbine at 40 Pond St. It was determined that the Pond Street water treatment plant, located on the site was experiencing electrical power surges and operating on stand-by generator An odor of electrical smoke was reported inside the treatment plant . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Distraught family of Ayrshire security guard who died in wind farm blizzard fear he wasn’t given satellite phone for emergencies

The distraught family of a security worker who died when a blizzard engulf­ed a windfarm have demanded answers amid fears he wasn’t issued an emergency phone. Ronnie Alexander, 74, became trapped in heavy snow on Afton wind farm in Ayrshire when severe weather struck earlier this year. Daughter Tracy, 48, said Ronnie, who was “fit and healthy”, lay frozen in a drift for “hours and hours” after the whiteout on January 21. She said she was plagued with worry as . . . Complete story »

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