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When Wind Power Goes Really, Really Wrong


This is apparently what happens to a wind turbine when it blows too hard.

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May 20, 2016 at 6:21 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Excuse me for a moment while I go out and buy a brand new shiny hover board….

Great compilation here

Can you runs the length of 2 football fields in 10 seconds?

Turbine catches on fire, video from start to end. This is a Gamesa turbine operated by Iberdrola (Abengoa) which is extremely prone to fire. Just google 'Gamesa turbine fire'.

This was the most horrible accident to date
May 20, 2016 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Windy conditions not good for fire fighting


Posted Feb. 20, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Saunemin, Ill.
A wind energy conversion turbine caught fire Friday afternoon, causing responses from both Saunemin and Pontiac fire departments. There’s little that fire departments can do, however, as the turbine’s are beyond the reach of fire combating instruments.
It is, however, a little ironic that the source of power the turbines were trying to capture may have also caused or exacerbated the fire at the turbine, located near the intersection of Route 47 and 2200 North Road. Pontiac Fire Chief Scott Runyon noted that wind is a known obstacle in combating fires.
Runyon qualified his commentary by saying that he was not a wind turbine engineer, nor had he spoken with Iberdrola, the company that owns the turbines in the area. A voicemail left for an Iberdrola spokesman went unreturned. As for the fire chief, Runyon thought that wind could have played a role in the turbine fire.
“I don’t know what happened in Saunemin,” he said. “I could conjecture all I want. Saunemin (Fire Protection District) made contact with them and it could be anything. I’m going to guess it probably had something to do with the high winds.”



Last week, we reported on the latest in a string of fires at Iberdrola wind facilities, last time at a Pennsylvania site. Some involved turbines made by Gamesa, in which Iberdrola owns a controlling interest. Fires have occurred with other Gamesa turbines at additional sites.

Meanwhile in New Hampshire, ECM has learned that State Fire Marshal Rob Anstey has accused Iberdrola of violating fire safety codes and lying to an oversight committee about the Fire Marshal’s requirements at its Groton Wind facility. The Fire Marshall has announced that he may issue a stop work order to shut down the facility.

That should spark concern here in San Diego, where Supervisors and the federal government recently approved Tule Wind, an Iberdrola wind project slated to go into a region prone to cstastrophic wildfires including the 2007 Harris Fire, which was fueled by 100 mph hurricane-force winds. Campgrounds are located in McCain Valley, where Iberdrola aims to line the only road in and out with wind turbines, each filled with hundreds of gallons of flammable lubricating oil. Former Cal Fire Batallion Chief Mark Ostrander has warned that firefighters can't fight fires under a flaming turbine whirling off debris, and aerial drops won't work at heights above 300 feet. The turbines are 500 feet, so firefighters would have to wait for the fire to burn outside of the wind facility, which could result in a firestorm that could burn into urban San Diego areas, he has warned.


NOTE: Iberdrola (Abengoa) use Gamesa wind turbines which are the most prone to catching fire.

May 20, 2016 at 7:21 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Residents concerned about conflicts of interest in wind farm votes


I have seen numerous cases of where public meetings were not advertised re: wind development (no legal ads etc,) and even worse, where town management has financial interests in the developers. The above is typical but for more, just paste this term in your browser.

'wind conflict of interest'

Here is another way they do it.


More on Iberdrola (Abengoa)

May 20, 2016 at 8:17 AM | Registered CommenterJohn
NC bill takes aim at wind power and solar energy


Green energy advocates are aghast at the latest energy proposal in the state legislature to regulate wind farms and solar farms, a bill they say would turn North Carolina into the nation’s most hostile state for renewables.

The legislation, introduced last week by two Republican state senators, would impose a host of financial hurdles and safety precautions, in some instances stricter than North Carolina’s standards for coal-burning power plants and nuclear power plants.

One of the lawmakers who sponsored Senate Bill 843, Sen. Bill Cook of Beaufort County, said the more renewables projects proliferate, the more they prompt complaints about safety, appearance and adverse effects on property values that must be addressed in a comprehensive fashion.

Cook’s district includes Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, where a Spanish developer is building the Amazon Wind Farm, the state’s first large-scale wind project.


NOTE: The wind farm mentioned in the article is an Iberdrola (Abengoa) facility.


I hope that the leadership in NC have read what I say about this, especially the above re: Iberdrola and what fire officials have experienced with them.

May 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Vestas Turbine on Fire


Here is a another good one


Demolition of turbine


Even better is this drone view and music of above video.

May 20, 2016 at 10:31 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
The torque on both the rotor and the windmill pole is just incredible. That thing snaps apart like a Lego project that got in the way of a 3-iron. Awesome.
May 20, 2016 at 11:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Cheyenne, here is a video shot from both under and inside a turbine during an overspeed test in light winds. Someone was inside filming this while another camera was outside. They are nuts and I worked on shit like this.


More demolition


May 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This video is one of the best demonstrations that conservation of energy is an immutable fact of life, but I'm guessing the irony here is lost on the climate change cult.
May 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
I have a new piece ready to fly. It involves the Mass SJC and the cult. We were fucking blindsided by this and I am getting ready to do what I do best.


They have a major PR nightmare coming.
May 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Another outstanding drone video

May 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Illinois wind turbine drone video

May 20, 2016 at 12:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This video is one of the best demonstrations that conservation of energy is an immutable fact of life, but I'm guessing the irony here is lost on the climate change cult.

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

May 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The torque on both the rotor and the windmill pole is just incredible. That thing snaps apart like a Lego project that got in the way of a 3-iron. Awesome.

Since before you were a lawyer, you worked in rocket science, you might like this clip I posted on the video page.

May 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
That turbine video is great! Very impressive that the housing took such a violent beating and held together throughout.
May 20, 2016 at 3:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
"Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials"

Jesus, the retardation never ends. This reminds me of the 19th century legislatures that enacted statutes holding that pi = 3.14000, as if the actual math or science even gave a fuck.
May 20, 2016 at 3:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
It's the regressive left. They ban free speech, free ideas and anything that challenges what they hold to be true.
May 21, 2016 at 3:34 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Plenty of turbine failures here http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/AccidentStatistics.htm updated quarterly.
May 24, 2016 at 5:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
Another wind turbine in California on June 29th. They got lucky….

Jul 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Brookfield Renewables owned dam fails and drains world class trout fishing waters in Maine. Congratulation assholes!



Brookfield is white night for Sun Edison and pushing wind in pristine parts of Maine and elsewhere.


They also were involved with AIG on long derivatives swaps awhile ago.

Aug 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Latest Wind Turbine Fires: Over the last few days......







I can guarantee a huge uptick in these disasters as most of the wind plants are at the end of their useful life. First Wind suckered Sun Edison into buying these plants (paid for by us via stimulus packaged etc.) and cashed in. Others are doing the same. Guess who will be holding the bag when de-commisioning time comes? What about all those PPA's that will not be met? What about grid stability?

President Trump (as well as the rest of us) has a huge plate of shit being left by Obama as a final parting gift. Go get em Donald!
Nov 12, 2016 at 10:15 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Giant wind turbine fails, crushes truck on autobahn.

Note: there has been many turbine fires and collapses as of late...
Jun 17, 2017 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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