As a community looks to the possibility of a wind farm coming to their town and county, safety is an important concern. There are fire, blade and structural failures that occur to industrial wind turbines in residential areas that you should know about.
FIRE, STRUCTURE AND BLADE FAILURES
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.
Turbine Fire Churubusco, NY - March 2018 photos
Must see report on battery storage fire at Hawaiian wind energy facility. Next generation wind and solar projects will have battery storage systems.
What you need to know about Industrial Wind Farms
Northern NY Wind
Blade Fails, June 2017 photos, Churubusco NY, approximately 40 miles east of Hopkinton, (note lubricant running down tower structure) view more local photos
HOW SAFE ARE INDUSTRIAL SIZED TURBINES
Ibrudrola representative on ice throw
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
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.