Another Wind Power Fail: Stiff Breeze Flattens Giant Wind Turbine in New Mexico

How ironic it is that a wholly weather dependent power source has such a bitterly hard time coping with the … ahem … weather.

When Hurricane Maria visited Puerto Rico in September 2017, she managed to splatter wind turbine blades all over the island, leaving residents completely powerless for months: Weather Dependent Wind Power: Leaves Hurricane Victims Powerless

A typhoon in Taiwan did much the same:

And lightning has been laying them to waste in Ireland:

It’s almost as if Mother Nature has got it in for these things?

This time a stiff breeze – a mere 52 mph or 84 kph – in New Mexico managed to knock another one out of the game.

Turbine topples amid high winds
Quay County Sun
Ron Warnick
20 February 2019

High winds apparently toppled a wind turbine Saturday near House in Quay County. No one was hurt during the mishap, but it caused a lot of chatter on social media.

Shana Shoemaker Stowe of House shared an album of photos of the downed wind turbine on Facebook. As of Monday morning, it had been shared more than 2,900 times on the popular social-media network and prompted hundreds of comments.

Bryan Garner, a media-relations representative for NextEra Energy Resources that runs the Casa Mesa Wind Energy Center wind farm near House, stated in an email Sunday that the wind turbine “failed” about noon Saturday.

“We monitor our sites remotely, 24/7, and saw that it was not operating properly. The site came online late last year,” Garner stated.

“We will be working with the turbine manufacturer to investigate the incident and try to determine what’s caused the failure. Safety is our top priority at NextEra Energy Resources. No one was injured in the incident and no property was damaged. We have been in contact with the landowner and the local sheriff’s office and safely secured the site. All other wind turbines at the site (20) are operating normally,” he added.

Garner didn’t speculate on what caused the wind turbine to fall over. However, other turbine mishaps that have occurred during high winds were because the turbine’s braking system failed. Modern wind turbines are designed to shut off or slow their blades during high winds. If the blades turn too fast, it can cause the entire structure to become unstable and then disintegrate.

According to the National Weather Service, Tucumcari Municipal Airport recorded wind gusts of 52 and 54 mph Saturday afternoon, with steady winds of 35 to 45 mph.
Quay County Sun

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  1. Wonderful..another one bites the dust!

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