Wind Industry Claims Flying Blades & Crashing Turbines a ‘Landmark & Tourist Attraction’


Hacienda hit with ‘liberated’ blade in Spain.


The number of cases involving collapsing turbines and flying blades (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would go so far to suggest the possibility of some kind of pattern, along the lines proffered by Mr Bond’s nemesis, Goldfinger: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times it’s enemy action”.

Turbines keep crashing back to earth in frightening numbers – from Brazilto KansasPennsylvaniaGermany and ScotlandDevon and everywhere in between: Ireland has been ‘luckier’ than most (see our posts here and here) and their luck is being enjoyed in Sweden too (see our post here).

A month or so back, Swedes had the pleasure of waking up to the sound of a vertically-challenged 290 tonne, whirling Danish Dervish splattering itself across a country road, fortunately free of Volvos at the time:

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Vestas adds ‘minor’ obstacle for Sven from Sweden.


Then there’s the wild habit of these little ‘eco-friendlies’ unshackling their 10 tonne blades, and chucking them for miles in all directions – see our posts here and here and here and here and here.

Adding to the list of unscheduled component ‘liberation’ events is this tale from Madison County, New York.


from WKTV


113-foot blade falls off windmill that previously toppled in Madison County
Elizabeth Doran
11 February 2016

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FENNER, NY – A 113-foot blade fell off a wind turbine at the Fenner wind farm off Bellinger Road in the town of Fenner in Madison County, according to Fenner town officials.

The blade appears to have fallen off at about 9:30 a.m. today, and town officials think it may have been caused by a bolt failure, said Paula Douglas, Fenner town clerk.

Town officials didn’t think the wind had anything to do with the incident.

Fenner town officials said it’s the same 187-ton windmill – No. 18 of 20 – that collapsed in December 2009. It was replaced with a new wind turbine, Douglas said.

Enel Green Power-North America officials said they are working with the turbine supplier to investigate what happened, but said it’s too early to determine the cause. EGP-NA also said there is no threat to the community, and asked that residents keep a safe distance away from the site to allow workers to conduct their assessments.

The 200-foot-plus structure is one of 20 windmills that generate electricity at the Fenner Wind Farm operated by EGP-NA.

The windmills were erected in 2001 atop a hill at a cost of $34 million. At the time, it was the largest wind-energy facility in the Eastern United States, but that’s no longer the case.

The wind farm, a landmark and tourist attraction to some, provide enough electricity for 10,000 homes.


What happened, we had power a minute ago!?!
The wind stopped blowing … again …


The usual infantile ‘analysis’ from Elizabeth Doran there – with bunkum about “20 windmills powering 10,000 homes”. Unless those households are prepared to sit freezing or boiling in the dark around 70% of the time, they will, in fact, be ‘powered’ by conventional sources such as coal, gas, hydro and nuclear.

That journalists are still pushing that kind of wind industry propaganda in 2016 is not just dumb, it’s lazy. A quick glance at performance sites like, Aneroid Energy makes a nonsense of the “this wind farm powers XX homes” furphy.

And the line about these being a ‘landmark’ and providing a ‘tourist attraction’ had us giggling too; given that fact that the turbines in question seem to let loose with the regularity of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful: this is not the first time blades have busted loose or turbines have tumbled at Fenner. No, Fenner’s local wonders regularly turn-on ‘action/adventure’ shows that, no doubt, thrill visitors.

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Fenner’s ‘Theme Park’ workers at the 3pm ‘Flying Blade Show’.


Turbine blade falls at 30-MW wind farm in New York
SeeNews Renewables
Ivan Shumkov
12 February 2016

One of the blades of a Goldwind (HKG:2208) turbine at the 30-MW Fenner wind farm in Madison County, New York, fell off on Thursday, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

Fenner town officials told the newspaper it was unlikely that the incident was caused by the wind, but rather by a bolt failure.

The North American unit of Italy’s Enel Green Power SpA (BIT:EGPW) is the operator of the wind park, which has been generating power since 2001. According to the officials, the turbine is in the same location as one that had to be replaced after crashing down in December 2009.

Representatives of Enel Green Power North America told the newspaper that they are investigating the incident in collaboration with the turbine supplier. The Fenner wind farm consists of 19 pieces of 1.5-MW turbines made by General Electric (GE) and one 1.5-MW Goldwind machine.
SeeNews Renewables

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Fenner’s staff clean up after an earlier ‘Tumbling Turbine Show’ …

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  1. 4TimesAYear says:

    Reblogged this on 4timesayear's Blog and commented:
    It’s exactly what you’d expect for such a top-heavy machine. They should never have allowed them.

  2. Just in,
    yesterday and through the evening last night we had a winter storm. Huron County, Michigans Thumb, a whole turbine fell.
    It’s a beautiful thing !

  3. Oh, STT, you mean stuff like this recent blade departure last week ?? Say it ain’t so………

    Oh, and this article which failed to mention the police involvement when residents spoke out this past week??

    CARO — A top Tuscola County official said it was “very disconcerting” that at least one Ellington Township official struck a deal to lease land to NextEra Energy Resources – and has been involved in setting ordinances for wind turbines.

    That was just one of the issues raised by Thomas Bardwell, chairman, Tuscola County Board of Commissioners, after Ellington Township resident Mike Pattullo addressed the board’s committee of the whole meeting Monday.

    Among other things, Pattullo alleges that Ellington Township has “possibly the weakest ordinance enacted in Michigan in the last five years” when it comes to noise allowed and setbacks.

  4. We (Caithness Windfarms) are due for our next quarterly updated early March but I have never had so many accidents reported to me as this year, at least one a day and sometimes several. Yet still governments refuse to publish this information.

  5. The more of these useless machines are speared in, the more frequent are the reports of their self destruction and failure. “All the King’s horses and all the King’s men cannot put Humpty Dumpty back together again!”


    Imposing in there hundreds,
    Such an army on display,
    Those alien grey metal monsters
    I saw while on my way.
    Aliens on our shores have landed,
    So tall, backs straight and true,
    At night they watch through flashing eyes
    Of red, at me and you.

    Some have scaled the mountains,
    Others near schools and homes,
    Of one thing I am certain,
    Those aliens have no souls.
    No “whispering” from their ranks at all,
    An unearthly sound they make,
    It envelops each and everyone,
    No more can humans take.

    Three giant arms revolving,
    Enveloping all around,
    They’re here to ‘save the planet’,
    The biggest “con” I have found.
    Such hideous tall grey monsters,
    Invade green and pleasant lands,
    To stay for generations,
    Unless the people make a stand.

    These aliens feed on power and wind,
    Without either, they will die,
    They’re NOT environmental friendly,
    They’re for profit, (at a cost), that’s WHY.

  7. From my home l can see all of grabben gullen and half of gunning, and after 3 days of 37* + l have to congratulate these windfarms as today around lunch l seen the blades actually started to turn..half a day out of three is good isnt it?

  8. E Griffiths says:

    I wonder if this is what Chicken Little experienced when he said the sky was falling on his head???

  9. Peter Pronczak says:

    Blades of Gory…stop me I’m falling for you.

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