The biggest problem with turbine fires is that, because of the turbine height, the fire brigade can do little but watch it burn itself out. While this may be acceptable in reasonably still conditions, in a storm it means burning debris being scattered over a wide area, with obvious consequences. In dry weather there is obviously a wider-area fire risk, especially for those constructed in or close to forest areas and/or close to housing or work places. http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk
Study backed by Imperial College finds wind turbines prone to “catastrophic” fires but the true scale of the problem is unknown
Wind Turbine Fires: Findings from the 2018 US Wind Technical Symposium. The ONYX InSight Third Annual Wind Turbine Technical Symposium. 10th October 2018.
Our first survey asked who in the audience had experienced a turbine fire. 74% of participants had experience with turbine fires. 25% of participants had experienced more than three fires.
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The flaming turbine is part of Iberdrola Renewables’ Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in Livingston County, IL. http://www.windaction.org
Wind Turbine Fire Risks, Prevention and Safety
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This guideline is primarily intended for those responsible for safety in companies and
organisations. It is also addressed to the rescue services, consultants, safety companies etc. so that, in course of their work, they may be able to help companies and organisations to increase the levels of fire safety.
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Wind-turbine farms are springing up across the country and they pose unique threats to fire and rescue agencies.
Jeff Riechmann. Technical Rescue in Wind Turbines: Firefighting Operations. 04/01/2015.
“Departments with wind turbines in their response areas should consider acquiring their own high-angle rescue equipment. Actual required equipment will depend on your department’s individual needs”
Penn, Ivan. Power lines and electrical equipment are a leading cause of California wildfires. Los Angeles Times. OCT 17, 2017. https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-utility-wildfires-20171017-story.html
Penn, Ivan. As Fires Ravaged California, Utilities Lobbied Lawmakers for Protection. The New York Times. January 5, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/05/business/energy-environment/california-wildfire-electric.html.
California lawmakers are debating whether to protect investor-owned utilities from liability in wildfires like the deadly Camp Fire. Facing billions of dollars in damages, PG&E and other utilities want legislators to let them pass on the cost to homeowners through higher electricity rates.
A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 6, 2019, on Page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Passing the Buck as Fires Raged.
Raftery, Miriam. Cal Fire: Wind Turbine Generator Caused Wildland Fire that Charred 367 Acres. East County Magazine. August 1, 2012
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