As a community looks to the possibility of a wind farm coming to their town and county, safety is an important concern. There are ice throw, fire, blade and structural failures that occur to industrial wind turbines in residential areas that you should know about.
FIRE, STRUCTURE, BLADE FAILURES, and DISPOSAL ISSUES
December 11, 2021
Mountain of discarded turbines prompts bond push
December 3, 2021
Turbine 'graveyard' removal underway near Ellsworth - Iowa Capital Dispatch
December 1, 2021
A green paradox: Deforesting the Amazon for wind energy in the Global North
July 7, 2021
State: Company illegally storing hundreds of old wind turbine blades at three Iowa sites
November 15, 2020
Watch: thousands of tonnes of peat and trees slide downstream in Donegal Ireland. The Finn Valley Wind Action Group has said continuing work on the wind farm has triggered the peat slide...
May 6, 2020
Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/
December 05, 2018
CBC News report with videos - 'This could have been avoided': Wind farm work sparked blazes before Parry Sound 33 wildfire
August 2, 2018
Windmill fire spreads to 2,000 acres, railroad bridge near Arlington, Ore. (report with video)
April 29, 2018
NOAA/NWS document: wind turbines affect weather radar, create false storm impressions
May 13, 2017
Wind-power pollution: turbine oil seeps into the land in Mexico
Pictures filed under Structural Failure. Photos of turbine and blade failures...
Iberdrola project blade fail. The Nurlu wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure. The four Gamesa G90-2 MW turbines are owned and operated by EDF Renewable Energies (Iberdrola) and have been in service since 2010.
The flaming turbine is part of Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in Livingston County, IL. The 300 megawatt facility includes 150 Gamesa G87 2.0 MW turbines. It was placed in-service in March 2010. Residents reported that fire crews were acting “traffic control only”. Iberdrola trucks arrived after fire crews left. The turbine was still burning when Iberdrola left.
February 25, 2017
Scottish Wind Power Company Attempts to Cover Up Turbine Collapse
September 26, 2016
Defects found in foundations at Hardscrabble
Iberdrola Renewables and its contractor, Mortenson Construction, have identified defects in a number of turbine foundations at the 74MW Hardscrabble project in New York state.
SOME NEW YORK PROJECTS IN THE NEWS
WPTZ Channel 5 Plattsburgh - two turbines spin faster than designed to sustain, one collapse. Reported wiring anomaly, wind turbine collapsed, broke apart and caused small fire on ground. The Press-Republican used aerial photos a local pilot had taken of the collapsed turbine. The photos showed turbine smashed and blackened by flames. Altoona, NY. (Noble Environmental Power project)
News Channel 9 WSYR - Reported a turbine at the Fenner wind farm toppled over, engineers are trying to figure out how it happened. Madison County, NY (Enel Green Power, N. America)
(fire and leak) and 10/14/2009 (substation fire)
Watertown Daily Times - transformer fire and mineral oil leak (491 gallons) of mineral oil leaked from the damaged transformer and temporarily contaminated a nearby residential well. The wind farm retained a firm to excavation the contaminated soil, and DEC will continue to investigate and monitor the situation. Maple Ridge Wind Farm, NY (Avangrid project)
Press Republican - turbine collapse in Altoona, NY. Explosions heard and turbine caught fire. (Noble Environmental Power project)
12/2/2016 - 2/12/2016
Oneida Daily Dispatch, Post Standard of Syracuse, Cazenovia Republican - 113 ft long blade feel off/sheared off, fell to ground at Fenner Wind Farm, Madison County, NY (Enel Green Power, N. America)
2/7/2016 - 7/2/2016
WKTV News channel 2 - lightning strike, lost 12 ft. section of turbine blade tip, fell to ground. Hardscrabble Wind Farm, Fairfield, NY. (Avangrid Project)
Malone Telegram - Jericho Rise Wind Farm, wind turbine noise complaints from area residents. Chateaugay, NY (EDP renewables)
5 Shocking Windmill FAILS/CRASHES
Dramatic footage of Burning Wind Turbine in Portugal - Published on Apr 26, 2014
Wind Turbine CRASH/FAIL Compilation HD 2016
Turbine Fire Churubusco, NY - not reported in the media - March 2018 photos
Avangrid - March 7, 2017
Yes, turbines do burn. Local first respondents will take lead responsibility in fire or hazardous situation. No alert system in place for local residents.
View video - battery storage fire at Hawaiian wind energy facility.
Next generation wind and solar projects have battery storage systems.
Blade Fails, not reported in the media - June 2017 photos, Churubusco NY, approximately 40 miles east of Hopkinton, (note lubricant running down tower structure) view more local photos
March 22, 2018
Amish man who lives in Parishville shares fears about wind farm project and ice throw. Letter to the editor.
HOW SAFE ARE INDUSTRIAL SIZED TURBINES
Ibrudrola representative on ice throw
What you need to know about Industrial Wind Farms
Northern NY Wind