2 Year Old Siemens Turbines Falling Apart: Wind Farm Investors, Get Out While You Can

burnt out tubine at ocotillo

These days, the spontaneous combustion of wind turbines is an occurrence so common that STT is thinking about opening a sub-branch that deals exclusively with their terrifying pyrotechnic-melt-downs.

Giant fan conflagrations are 10 times more common than the wind industry and its parasites will ever admit (see our post here).

And these unscheduled fireworks shows have the potential of literally setting the world on fire. Overheating bearings and brakes turn 1,000 litres of gear oil, and a couple of hundred litres of hydraulic fluid, plastics etc into an exploding, toxic fireball (see our post here).

As such, these things make the perfect incendiaries: putting the lives of rural residents at risk – not only because bushfires are a mortal threat, but because the presence of paddocks full of these 160m whirling monsters rules out the use of aerial water bombing to douse the flames, and bring raging infernos under control (see our post here).

The latest flaming-fan-tale comes from Ocotillo, in the Californian desert.

STT has covered some of the blade-chucking, sonic torture turbine torments dished out to locals in our posts here:

And we’ve had a look at the desert-destruction dealt out there by wonderful ‘clean’, ‘free’ wind energy in our post here:

Here’s The Eco-Report with the latest ‘red-hot’ scoop, as well as a rollicking-round-up of the real ‘wonders’ of wind power.

Wind Turbine Fire at Ocotillo
Roy L Hales
24 January 2015

On January 15, there was a wind turbine fire at Ocotillo, CA. The incident might have been less significant anywhere else, but this wind project has been having problems ever since it went online.

smoking tubine at ocotillo

She’s really smokin’.


Six months after the project officially went online, a 173 foot-long-blade flew off one of the turbines.

The project is now two years old and, according to Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley:

  • the developers have replaced 10 blades;
  • they have replaced the “Yaw Gear Drives” on about 3 different turbines;
  • There is no known tally of the number of turbines leaking oil, but Pelley believes that it is around 70%;
  • The wind speeds at Ocotillo are usually slight, in most videos he reports somewhere between 0 and 4 mph, and the turbines do not even produce much energy.

You don’t have to take his word for it, because he and his neighbour Parke Ewing have documented everything.

Pelley has a youtube channel called Save Ocotillo where he has posted hundreds of videos recording the day’s wind speeds, any significant events and personal observations.

Parke Ewing has a well visited Facebook page called Ocotillo Wind Turbine Destruction.

Their documentation is so extensive that anyone interested in wind energy, regardless of your opinion, should visit it.

wind turbines around ocotillo

Tiny township of Ocotillo dwarfed by 112
oil-leaking, smouldering, blade-chuckers.


Some might argue that they are “nimbys,” but that is really the point. They do not want their town to be surrounded by 438 foot high wind turbines that come within half a mile of many dwellings.

They hate the noise, when the turbines are working, and flashing lights at night. Ever since the surface of the desert was scraped clear of vegetation, to make way for the wind project, Ocotillo has been inflicted by gigantic dust storms when there are strong winds. On two occasions, the rains carried a strange white foam from the turbines into Ocotillo.

The real issue for Southern Californian communities fighting industrialization is social license, not Climate Change!

They are against massive behemoths which often have negative impacts on their environment, but usually also endorse rooftop solar.  Do they have a voice in their future? Or is this something to be decided by outsiders: governmental and  corporate? Why can’t industrial scale development be put on land where it is not disrupting their lifestyles?

burnt out turbine at ocotillo

Wind turbine #110: its ‘clean, green’ reputation fades to black.


According to the account in East County Magazine, the fire in turbine #110 was isolated to one turbine and “self extinguished.” A spokesperson from the manufacturer (Siemens), said there were no injuries and an investigation is underway to determine the cause.

He said, “We have a strong fire resistance track record with very few isolated incidents affecting our global fleet of more than 6,800 of this type of turbine in operation.”

I phoned Siemens with my own questions.  Some were about the fire in #110, but others were designed to get a better perspective on the overall situation. After listening for a couple of minutes, they suggested I write them an email. I asked:

  • Do they know what caused this fire?
  • How often turbine fires occur?
  • Are they, for example, as common as traffic accidents are for automobile drivers?
  • What about the oil leaks? the blade replacements? the three replaced yaw gears? Is this normal for a two year old wind farm?
  • There are also some extreme conditions at Ocotillo. I have seen videos of those incredible dust storms. There are good winds at times, but they are more often 0-4 mph and there are occasionally incredible blow ups. Is this a an exceptionally difficult location?
firetruck at turbine at ocotillo

When these toxic fireballs erupt, firemen are instructed to stand back and let the suckers burn themselves out. No need to put any more lives at completely unnecessary risk.


I sent that email on January 19 and, when there was no response, asked how it was coming on the 21st. It is now January 24 and I no longer expect an answer.

Recently, we slaughtered a series of lies pitched up by Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit, Infigen (aka Babcock and Brown) in our post here: Australia’s Most Notorious Wind Power Outfit – Infigen – says “Move Over Pinocchio, Here We Come”

Infigen’s merry band of spin-doctors keep running the furphy that wind power is as cheap as chips to produce and, as part of that pitch, include the wild claim that turbines last for “25-plus years”.

But the little catalogue of turbine troubles at Ocotillo, suggests otherwise.

Bearing in mind – so to speak – that Siemen’s 112 noisy little desert smokers are barely 2 years old, having 70% of them spewing out oil at a rate the Saudis would envy; needing to replace 10 blades; and the need to replace 3 “Yaw Gear Drives”, one wonders what time scale the wind industry and its spkuikers are working on?

Their pitch about wind turbines running on the smell of an oily rag, and lasting a generation, without so much as an oil change, starts to run a little flat, with real-time, real-world results, like that detailed above.

But, Siemens have had worse elsewhere. The ‘top-flight’ German fan maker booked a €223 million write down (ie loss) last year, due to the fact that it had to replace bearings in a fleet of turbines on its home turf that, like those at Ocotillo, are less than 2 years old.

Siemens talking about the loss said: “The charge is related to inspecting and replacing bearings due to the early degradation in certain turbine models. We believe this is related to recent batches of bearings and we are in discussions with the supplier” (see our post here).

Wind turbines tend not earn much for their owners when in flaming, crumpled heaps; or when they’ve chucked their blades off into the ether; or gearboxes and generators have ground to a halt.

Vestas turbine on fire

Profits going up in smoke.

turbine collapse 9

Projected revenue hits rock bottom.


Wind power investors around the world are losing their shirts, and wonder why? For the answers, see our posts here and here.

If any more evidence were needed to show that wind power is the greatest Ponzi scheme of all time, then this is it. Anyone with so much as a penny invested in wind power would be well-advised to get out while they still can. And anyone still keen to leave their hard-earned with Infigen, should consult their mental health specialist asap (see our post here).


Got money in wind power? Then run, don’t walk.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Siemen’s 112 noisy little desert smokers are barely 2 years old, having 70% of them spewing out oil at a rate the Saudis would envy…”

    Keep in mind there are literally hundreds and thousands of these “bat-chomping, bird-slicing, eco-crucifixes.” (Delingpole) worldwide.

    With each of these Industrial turbines weighing anywhere between 60-260 tonnes, built of Coking coal, Steel, cement and rare-earth magnets.

    ‘Clean, Green’ energy they insist!

    Yeah right.

  2. Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

  3. Reblogged this on saveourskylineohio and commented:
    ‘Clean and Green’ wind turbines show their dark side in California. Learn about these occurrences and share them with friends and legislators…

  4. Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    2 Year Old Siemens Turbines Falling Apart: Wind Farm Investors, Get Out While You Can

  5. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    Each time I read or hear of a burning, disintegrating or
    collapsing turbine I cringe in expectation of the day I hear that a child, farmer, or other member of a family living next door to one of these projects is struck by something being liberated or malfunctioning in some other way as these things do all the time; and which are placed in positions where they can cause the greatest harm, should something foreseen happen.

    There is also the probability that a passer-by could also be killed when they are placed very close to roadways and footpaths.

    Forest fires and grass fires are not only dangerous to those living close by where the fire starts, but are dangerous for those who have to fight them and those living in the direction the fire takes, and especially if it is travelling ahead of a strong wind.

    While we are told by their owners they have systems to douse fires before they get out of control, obviously this does not always work, and if the electronic computerised controls are damaged then there is no hope.

    To say there are few incidents is misleading, we only hear of those which are noticed by people other than company employees. How many others are ‘hidden’ and not reported by the companies? These companies are renowned for their ability to tell barefaced lies with the conviction of Saints.

  6. I had never heard that about Siemens Lisa so I had a google!

    “Siemens took slave laborers during the Holocaust and had them help construct the gas chambers that would kill them and their families. Good people over there.

    Siemens also has the single biggest post-Holocaust moment of insensitivity of any of the companies on this list. In 2001, they tried to trademark the word “Zyklon” (which means “cyclone” in German) to become the name a new line of products… including a line of gas ovens.

    Zyklon, of course, being the name of the poison gas used in their gas chambers during the Holocaust.

    A week later, after several watchdog groups appropriately freaked out, Siemens withdrew the application. They said they never drew the connection between the Zyklon B gas used during the Holocaust and their proposed Zyklon line of products. (Source: BBC)”


  7. Reblogged this on RubinoWorld.

  8. Whenever I hear the company name Siemens I cannot avoid thinking of their involvement in the construction of Nazi Concentration camp ovens. Not unlike their ovens, the turbines are instruments of torture and inhumanity. Their turbines are yet another example of an abusive technology in the name of corporate greed. Thank goodness they are failing so publicly and spectacularly.

    Thank you STT yet again for the expose. Keep them coming.

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