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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-10 12:37 PM
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More New York Wind Turbine Collapses: Debris Hurled 1/4 Mile, Fire Started in Woods.
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This is a different event than the 187 ton 9 year old wind turbine that collapses a few months ago in Fenner, NY that I covered last night.">Three million dollar 187 Ton Wind Turbine Crashes From 200 Feet, Waking the Neighbor Across the....

This one involved two failures, and caused a fire.

State investigators from the Public Service Commission are looking into the fiery collapse of a wind power turbine at a turbine farm in Clinton County.

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A preliminary examination by Nobel Environmental Power, owner of the $200 million, 65-turbine Altona Wind Park, and General Electric Co., manufacturer of the 1.5-megawatt turbines, found "wiring anomalies" prevented two turbines from shutting down as designed during a power outage.
On Friday morning, one tower collapsed and started a small fire in snow-covered woods, while the other faulty tower was damaged but remained standing, according to a statement from Noble. Debris from the collapsed tower was flung up to a quarter-mile away, according to published reports. No one was hurt.

PSC officials want Noble and General Electric to share the investigations into the towers, blades and generators, as well as any analysis of how far the debris traveled, commission spokesman James Denn said Wednesday. The state also wants to know how many turbines have been restarted since the incident, and information on wind and other weather around the turbines leading up to the collapse.

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The turbine functioned for about one year before becoming landfill and garbage. (I wonder if we should count this in wind's already atrocious capacity utilization figures?)

A photo from another website:

In the minds of some people, it would be a good idea to put huge truck bearing roads on top of every mountain ridge in Vermont to build a few tens of thousands of these things. Their proposal involves vandalizing the existing largest single climate change free form of energy in the State of Vermont because of some illiterate scare mongering involving a fear of tritium atoms, although the number of injuries caused by tritium atoms in Vermont is, um, zero.

Zero is a number that is 3 units smaller than the number of failed, burning and crashing windmills in neighboring New York in the last three months and the irony is that New York doesn't even have get very much power from wind.
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