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Vestas and developer EDP Renewables are investigating after the blade of a V150 4.2MW turbine at the 125MW Timber Road 4 project broke off. The project was commissioned earlier this year.
“Based on my continued engagement with the constituents, I have come to the conclusion that no changes should be made to Ohio’s current wind turbine setbacks. Under current law, the setbacks can be reduced if ‘good neighbor’ waivers are reached with affected landowners in the project footprint. Property rights are key and landowners on both sides of this issue have valid arguments. In pursuit of a compromise, it is unfair for one set of landowners to completely win this debate, and property rights should never be subject to a vote.”
A proposal from Ohio Senate GOP leaders to redraw rules determining how far wind turbines can be from adjacent properties is expected to attract billions of dollars in new wind farm investments -- and pit clean energy groups against the wind industry. The new setback rules are part of legislation that would also sharply reduce the decade-old state mandates requiring power companies to supply electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies. And it would tinker with laws requiring utilities to offer energy efficiency programs to customers.(National Wind Technology Center )
The damaged turbine was one of 30 Vestas V110 2.2 turbines at the Hog Creek Wind facility that is owned and operated by EDP REnewables. The project was placed in service at the end of 2017.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads.
Underwood said that because of the time it took to reach this agreement, the repairs would not be made until the Spring of 2018, making the roads un-plowable. Washington Township and the Engineers Office will be closing Washington Township 85, and portions of 22, and 115 within the next few weeks.
No new wind farm applications have been filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board since. Mr. Hite said some projects already approved before the stricter rules took effect would like to take advantage of new technology developed in recent years, but they fear that changing the projects’ designs now would open them to the tighter restrictions.
Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite, a Republican from Findlay, said his amendment would recalibrate how far a wind turbine must be from an unoccupied parcel of land, making it economical again for developers to build wind farms to generate electricity.
The turbine, which supplements electricity used by the sewage plant, lost a blade when lightning hit about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. A power surge penetrated the plant and might have affected some equipment in the building, City Manager James Hockaday said Monday.
The city's motion alleges that representatives of Champaign Wind have failed to contact either CareFlight, a medical helicopter operator, or Grimes Field Airport when determining locations for the turbines, and instead relied solely on a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration that declared that the proposed turbine sites would present "no hazard."
Oregon City Schools officials had hoped Clay High School's 283-foot-tall wind turbine would have been operating by now ...The turbine, installed to cut the school's electricity costs, began operating on April 29, but Toledo Edison shut it down after a month, after citing safety concerns with a switching gear.
Toledo Edison shut down a 900 kilowatt wind turbine installed at Clay High School in May because it is missing a trip switch that would prevent backfeeding of electrical energy to and from Edison's substation. The Direct Transfer Trip switch costs $200,000 ...Edison denied a request from the district for a temporary operating permit to run the turbine until the matter could be resolved. "We can't run that risk."
"Vestas has concluded that the root cause of the failure of the initial blade was due to a wrinkle in the carbon fiber of the spar (the support structure of the blade)," the report reads. "This wrinkle caused damage to propagate to the point of failure after the blade experienced high loads for a low number of cycles."
Since April 24th, all 55 of the wind turbines on the wind farm have sat quietly in the fields, blades stopped, as crews try to determine exactly what damaged two blades off a turbine, sending debris raining down on the field below. The wind farm is owned by EDP Renewables.
For now, the Timber Road II Wind Farm in Paulding County is silent except for investigators trying to determine exactly why two blades from a single turbine were damaged on a windy afternoon April 24. So far, the high winds do not appear to have caused the damage.
Huge chunks of debris from a wind turbine are scattered across a field near Payne, Ohio. So far no one including its owner knows what happened. People passing by have been trying to figure out the cause.
Around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon, two blades on a turbine were damaged so severely that debris was sent raining down on the field below. ...The owners, EDP Renewables, say while the investigation into what damaged the blades is ongoing, at this point it doesn't appear that strong winds were a factor.
According to a spokesman with EDP Renewables, the turbine, which is located near Payne, had two of its blades sheared early Tuesday afternoon. Representatives from EDP Renewables have closed the site.
The wind turbine struck by lightning this past summer sustained considerable damage but poses no safety threat to people, according to a message from the company that built the generator.
Lightning struck the turbine shortly after midnight, pelting trucks parked below the machine with debris, according to various reports. Wastewater plant personnel successfully shut down the turbine a few hours later, safety personnel said. ...The 400-kilowatt turbine is the second of two erected by NexGen, which became operational in early 2010.