Conventional Wind Energy – A Design Deadly for Birds

A 2013 study published in The Wildlife Society Bulletin found that wind turbines killed an estimated 573,000 birds annually in the United States. And that figure was 4 years ago. According to U.S. Wind Energy State Facts ( Oct. 2016), there are over 52,000 wind turbines installed across 40 U.S. States plus Puerto Rico & … Continue reading Conventional Wind Energy – A Design Deadly for Birds

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

31 Oct 2017  | BirdLife A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to … Continue reading New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

Another Michigan Community Moving Toward Wind Farm Restrictions

April 28, 2018 Another Michigan Community Moving Toward Wind Farm Restrictions DTE turbine tower plans for Beaver Township stumble on proposed zoning board recommendation AUBURN — The Beaver Township Zoning Board voted unanimously on Thursday to amend a proposed wind farm zoning ordinance for the Bay County community. More than 300 residents from the community … Continue reading Another Michigan Community Moving Toward Wind Farm Restrictions

Tipton County Indiana plan director colluded with RES on ordinances.

Plan director scrutinized; Wind farm opposition: Cowles colluded with RES Posted on March 20, 2018 Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN). (The following article originally was published in The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, IN on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.) BY WESLEY DEHNE Staff Writer, The Sentinel Fulton County Plan Director Casi Cowles said she … Continue reading Tipton County Indiana plan director colluded with RES on ordinances.

Oklahoma: Warning large chunks of ice being launched great distance.

November 27, 2015 • Oklahoma Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Large chunks of ice being launched great distance | Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire … Continue reading Oklahoma: Warning large chunks of ice being launched great distance.

NO USE of the Hurons for a year or more?

Somethings to think about: from RES website "When construction is complete, RES will return the roads to use for hunting, snowmobiling" Which means that those roads will be closed off with no access during the construction, (6 months? 1 Year? 2 Years?) What of the snowmobilers, and other tourists, the Michigan 500? No access to … Continue reading NO USE of the Hurons for a year or more?

MN wind turbines shut down after semi-truck hit by ice.

MN wind turbines shut down over safety concerns from ice February 24, 2018 Wind turbines at a Freeborn County wind farm were shut down this week, due to safety concerns.  An incident on Thursday involving a livestock semi-truck that was struck by by ice throw from a wind turbine on Highway 13, south of Hartland. … Continue reading MN wind turbines shut down after semi-truck hit by ice.

A Wind Turbine Flings 400 lb Chunk of Ice 1,000 Feet.

By TOM GANTERT | April 12, 2017 One safety issue centers around ice forming on spinning turbine blades. A report issued by General Electric in 2006 warned about “ice shedding” and “ice throw.” It states: “Any ice that is accumulated may be shed from the turbine due to both gravity and the mechanical forces of the rotating blades.” A wind … Continue reading A Wind Turbine Flings 400 lb Chunk of Ice 1,000 Feet.

 Ice buildup detection prevents the turbine from operating until the ice sheds.

If they shut down when there is ice build up, how efficient will they be in The Huron Mountains, during one of our winters? OHIO: RES has indicated in the past that the turbines planned for Cass and Miami counties will be equipped with technology that will perceive ice buildup and prevent the turbine from operating until … Continue reading  Ice buildup detection prevents the turbine from operating until the ice sheds.

Making the case for wind-turbine fire detection and suppression systems

The wind energy sales pitch is that fires are rare, but fires can not be that rare if there are specific systems and discussions by the industry on the issue. If there can be brush fires, there can be forest fires. By Michelle Froese | September 3, 2015 Electrical fires in wind turbines can result … Continue reading Making the case for wind-turbine fire detection and suppression systems