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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.

January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines shut down amid investigation into collapse

A company in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has shut down all 51 of its wind turbines as a precaution until an investigation reveals what caused one of the turbines to collapse last Friday. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself. Representatives from the company which owns the turbine, TerraForm Power, were at the site Monday inspecting the damage. The area has been blocked off with temporary plastic fencing. “It’s a warning . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

McNaughton calls for moratorium on wind projects

A green energy company based in Maryland is investigating after a wind turbine in Raleigh Township buckled and collapsed late last week. There is extensive damage to the turbine, located near the intersection of Drake Side Road and 16th Line in Chatham-Kent, but no injuries or other property damage was reported. Crews from TerraForm Power have installed metal fencing to cordon off the area around the turbine, as well as placed platforms in advance of the expected heavy machinery to . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP wants other turbine towers inspected

Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls wants assurances the other turbine towers that are part of a wind farm in south Raleigh won’t topple over like one did overnight Friday. Nicholls knows the company is looking into the cause of the collapse, but added, “I want to call on the ownership of those turbines to do a thorough inspection of all the remaining turbines in that wind farm.” The MPP said he wants to know the results of the investigation, including the . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine snaps in half in Chatham-Kent, MPP calls for halt of wind projects

A wind turbine in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has snapped in half, leading to calls from one area MPP to halt area wind projects. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself Friday. “As we were getting closer you could see in the distance that it was snapped in half .. it’s actually one of those ‘Oh my goodness [moments],” said Chatham-Kent Ward 2 councillor Karen Herman. “I was so surprised to . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples in South Kent; ‘Extreme load of some kind’ may have caused damage, says expert

Like a giant plastic straw bent in half, a wind turbine tower buckled over in rural Chatham-Kent, its motor and massive blades lying mangled on the ground. No one was hurt in the tower collapse overnight Friday, a spokesperson for the energy company that operates the wind farm where the tower stood said by email. But a spokesperson for a wind energy umbrella group said the failure appears to be only the second of its kind among the more than . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MOE keeping close eye on CK tower cleanup

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) says staff are at the site of Friday’s wind tower collapse to ensure that the company cleans up any spilled materials properly. The MOE says it’s actively monitoring the situation and will ensure that the company determines the cause of the incident. The Ministry of Labour has also been notified and has sent an engineer to the site. TerraForm Power contacted the ministry Friday morning about its wind turbine snapping in half at Drake . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Big crawler over

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine tumbles on 16th Line in C-K

Neighbours living near a turbine that toppled over last night in Chatham-Kent say they believe it happened about midnight. One resident, who asked not to be identified said his neighbour reported hearing a couple of bangs, while others said they didn’t hear a thing. The turbine, located on 16th Line just east of Drake Road in South Kent, appears to have suffered a structure failure about midway up its body. The fibreglass blades lay twisted about the turbine’s base. Terraform . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples over

A hunter scouting for Coyotes early this morning came across this toppled wind turbine located at the corner of the Drake Sideroad and the Sixteenth Concession in Harwich Township. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appeared folded in half. Details are still in the preliminary stages and in fact crews had just arrived at the scene around 9:15 this am. Watch for further details as more information becomes available. No houses . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine breaks in half in Chatham-Kent

A wind turbine has snapped in half and is currently sitting bent over in an open field in Chatham-Kent. The turbine is located at Drake Road and 16 Line in South Buxton. John Norton, the general manager of community development with the municipality says the fire chief is on scene, as well as police. The company that operates the turbine is Terraform Power. Norton says crews from Terraform are also on scene investigating. The toppled turbine was discovered by a . . . Complete story »

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