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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.


June 21, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses in Windthorst

Crews are still investigating what caused a wind turbine to collapse in Windthorst last Friday. The wind turbine came crashing down just outside the town on Oliver Wells Road. No one and no livestock was harmed by the turbine. Paul Rapp, Vice President of Development for Alterra Power said, “It’s extremely rare to have this type of failure issue.” Windthorst residents said the wind farms do a lot of good for the community and bring money into the county, but . . .

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June 21, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Experimental wind turbine near Hooker collapses

No details have been released yet as to what caused a wind turbine to collapse Monday afternoon east of Hooker, Okla. The turbine, which is owned by Tri-County-Electric Cooperative, was under research and development by Barber Wind. A post on Tri-County’s Facebook page said the situation is being assessed and evaluated at this time. “We are not able to release any additional details,” the post said. Officials with TCEC could not be reached as of press time for more information.

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June 20, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine’s toppling could be mystery for months

It might be months before investigators know why a wind turbine toppled last week in a Jefferson County cornfield. Engineers from Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources – which owns the 44-turbine Steele Flats wind farm in Gage and Jefferson counties – will study what remains of the crumpled turbine, said spokesman Bryan Garner. They’ll work with representatives from General Electric, the turbine’s builder, but he said it could take weeks or months to determine what happened. Residents near Diller awoke June 13 to . . .

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June 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire hits Durham wind farm; Two Nordex 1.3MW turbines affected at Trimdon Grange blaze

Two Nordex turbines have caught fire at EDF Energy Renewables’ Trimdon Grange wind farm in County Durham. Distribution network Northern Powergrid said the fire on 14 June was caused by the turbines’ transformers. The 5.2MW wind farm features four Nordex N60/1300 turbines with a tip height of 76 metres. Trimdon Grange was commissioned in 2008.

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June 15, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm fire causes Teesside homes to lose power

Burning wind turbines cut off power to homes across Teesside last night. Darlington and Durham Fire Brigade were called to Trimdon Wind Farm, near Trimdon Grange, County Durham at 5pm last night following reports of two of the four pylons on fire. A spokesman confirmed that one fire crew from Wheatley Hill Fire Station was dispatched and extinguished the fires by 5.19pm. He said: “Two transformers caused the fire and two pylons were on fire.” Commissioned in October 2008, the . . .

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June 15, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses in southeastern Nebraska, cause still under investigation

The cause of a collapse that reduced a 262-foot wind turbine to a twisted heap of white metal in southeastern Nebraska is still under investigation, but the farmer on whose land the turbine once stood will continue to be paid as if it were still generating electricity. “We will pay for any crop damage due to the turbine going down and lease payments will not be impacted,” said Bryan Garner, a spokesman for NextEra Energy, which owns the turbine that . . .

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June 14, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine crashes to the ground near Diller

A wind turbine collapsed early Tuesday morning at a site about four miles south of Diller. The collapsed turbine was one of the 44 General Electric turbines that generate 1.7 megawatts at the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center. The turbine came crashing to the ground a little before 5 a.m. on Tuesday. No one was injured in the collapse. Steele Flats is operated by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and began commercial operations in October of 2013. On Tuesday morning, the . . .

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June 14, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut will examine options regarding damaged turbine

CONNEAUT – The owner of a damaged wind turbine that provides some of the electricity used at Conneaut’s sewage treatment plant wants a reworked contract with the city in order to make repairs financially feasible. City Manager James Hockaday told City Council members at Monday night’s work session that NexGen is seeking a 10-year extension to the existing 10-year contract that will expire in 2020. The company says it needs a new contract to make repairs to the 400-kilowatt turbine – which . . .

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June 14, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Land College removes, disassembles damaged wind turbines

Lake Land College has removed two wind turbines after they suffered enough damage to render them inoperable. “The situation with the two 100 kW wind turbines is a snapshot of renewable energy in the United States in 2017,” said Joseph Tillman, the division chair and Lake Land College’s renewable energy instructor and coordinator. Wind is going to be around for a while, but other forms of renewable (energy) are gaining in use, particularly in this part of the state. The . . .

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June 14, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tower collapses south of Diller

BEATRICE – One of the wind turbine towers in the Steele Flats Wind Farm near Diller, has collapsed. The tower is a half-mile west of Nebraska Highway 103 and one mile north of Nebraska Highway 8. The tower is part of the $138 million wind farm, developed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, which includes 32 wind turbines in southeast Jefferson County and 12 more in southwest Gage County. NextEra Energy spokesman Bryan Garner says the company is investigating the cause . . .

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