Trifecta of Wind Turbine Terror: Blades Snap, Flames Crackle Nacelles & Whole Turbines Drop

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Safety: Snap, Crackle, and Drop
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Lisa Linowes
19 June  2017

Wind turbine safety had an ugly three weeks.

During the late hours of May 31, a turbine blade at NextEra’s Breckinridge Center in Oklahoma (in-service since August 2015), broke off near its base and was thrown to the ground – snap.

‘Snap’ in Oklahoma

Days later on June 5 and 8, two turbines – one at NextEra’s Endeavor I site in Iowa (operational since 2008)and a second at EDF Renewable Energy’s Salt Fork Wind project in Texas (online since Dec 2016) — exploded into flames filling the sky with thick black smoke – crackle.

‘Crackle’ in Texas.

By time the air cleared, news arrived that another NextEra turbine, this one at the Nebraska Steele Flats facility (since Oct 2013), buckled and collapsed – drop.

‘Drop’ in Nebraska.

Collectively, the…

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