Category: Wind Energy

Pratt, Kansas Wind Farm Has Second Work Accident

The feds are investigating a wind farm operation near Pratt, Kansas where two workplace incidents have occurred in recent weeks including one where a worker fell 120 feet from a turbine and survived. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started a probe at the Ninnescah Wind Farm in south central Kansas’ Pratt county. The …

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North Dakota Approves $250 million Wind Farm Despite Local Opposition

Approved in North Dakota, a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar wind farm. The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted this week unanimously in support of the $250 million wind farm and an electric transmission line in the southwest part of the state. The decision came after the commission made history in March when it heard 15 hours of testimony …

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Eastern New Mexico Wind Farm Gets New Owner

California-based Pattern Energy Group Inc., a firm with 17 wind farm operations around the world including two in Texas and one in Kansas is spending $269 million to buy a majority interest in a 324-megawatt wind farm in New Mexico. Pattern purchased an 84 percent initial cash flow for Broadview Wind located 30 miles north …

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GE Worker Survives 120 Feet Fall From Kansas Wind Turbine

A General Electric employee sustained serious injuries while working on a wind turbine in south-central Kansas during a Sunday morning accident, according to a news report published in the Tulsa World. The employee was repairing a wind generator blade near Pratt, Kansas when he fell 120 feet, landing on his back in muddy terrain. He …

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Now That’s a Wind Turbine Blade!

The wind turbine blades on wind farms in Oklahoma are 116-feet in length but the ones to be used in the nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island will dwarf them. They will be more than twice the size of the typical Oklahoma wind farm turbine blade…..240 feet long.  The first …

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Wyoming’s Coal Industry is Hurting—–Being Replaced by Wind Industry

  A sign of the times in Gillette, Wyoming.  A U-Haul dealer has been sold out since earlier this month.  It’s also an affirmation that the state’s coal industry is slowly dying and replaced by the wind industry. As the New York Times recently reported, the last coal mine in southwest Wyoming closed nearly ten …

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Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Critical of Wind Industry Tax Credits

The wind industry was under attack again as it was blasted by Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger due to last month’s 13 percent decline in General Revenue Fund collections as a result of tax rebate and incentive payments to participating businesses, according to an Associated Press report issued on Tuesday. Doerflinger indicated that $3.3 …

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Despite Resident’s Opposition, Another Wind Farm is Approved

One of the nation’s latest wind farms has won approval in Antelope County, Nebraska even though some residents fought the project. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted this week to let Invenergy of Chicago put up 160 turbines near the town of Neligh.  Invenergy already operates a wind farm near Elgin, Nebraska. But in approving …

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Big Wind Farm Gets New Owner

A large wind farm in northern Colorado gets a new owner. Leeward Renewable Energy LLC announced that one of its subsidiaries has completed the purchase of BP Wind Energy North America Inc.’s 33 and a third percent membership interest in the Cedar Creek Wind 1 farm near Grover, Colorado. Grover’s a small community with about …

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Wind and Solar Power Projects in North Dakota and Michigan

Solar and wind power projects are the focus in North Dakota and Michigan. The North Dakota Public Service Commission plans a public hearing on a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. The 48-turbine wind farm is proposed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. Should it …

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