Meretricious: Plausibly significant but actually false and insincere; specious. Also, pretentious, deceptively pleasing but intrinsically rotten. From the Latin

meretrix: a prostitute.

Meretricity: 1. Electricity produced by meretricious machines that seek to convert wind energy into modern power. 2. Electricity subsidized by meretricious politics. See also oxymoron, since wind technology cannot, of itself, produce modern power, and crony capitalism, since wind subsides could not exist without it.


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AUSTRALIAN FIRE 2018: looking back at a huge loss, almost 3400 hectares,

https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2018/01/16/currandooley-fires-first-anniversary-sparks-reflection/

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  January 16, 2018 • Australia

Currandooley fire’s first anniversary sparks reflection  

Credit:  Currandooley fire impacts linger one year later | Louise Thrower | Goulburn Post | January 16 2018 | www.goulburnpost.com.au ~~

The green tinge on pastures can be deceptive out past Tarago.

Beneath the grass on which stock are grazing again lie layers of ash. Beside the road, trees carry the black scars from the massive Currandooley fire a year ago.

On January 17, 2017, now dubbed ‘tinderbox Tuesday’ by locals, a blaze sparked at Infigen’s Capital Wind Farm on Taylors Creek Road, ripped through almost 3400 hectares, over the Bungendore Road, on to Mount Fairy and down to Boro.

It destroyed a house, about 3000ha of pasture, 80ha of crops, 150km of fencing, 10.5km of windbreaks, three sheds, water tanks a large set of cattle yards and damaged other farm infrastructure, Local Land Services later revealed.

The RFS found that a bird striking the wind farm’s high voltage power line caught alight, dropped to the ground and set off the fire.

One year on, the day remains fresh in the minds of many. Some gathered at Tim De Mestre’s home, Merigan, 14km from Tarago on the Bungendore Road on Tuesday night for a catch up and reflection. Mr De Mestre’s 950ha property was the worst affected with most of his pasture burnt, along with 4000 pines and 3000 natives planted as windbreaks, a large oat crop and 30km of fencing.

Dr Michael Crawford was one of the people attending Tuesday’s get together.

Speaking on Monday, the Tarago district resident said while people had got on with their lives, in some cases it had caused “significant disruption.”

“They’ve lost fences and stock and it all takes time to replace which otherwise would have been spent living their lives rather than recreating it,” he said.

“There are people who have suffered materially, including one who lost a house and precious mementos that will never be recovered.”

Dr Crawford said anger lingered about the alleged cause and it was not a “forgive or forget thing.”

Infigen has denied any liability. A spokesman previously told The Post the company would cooperate with any future inquiry.

The NSW Coroner’s office is yet to formally decide whether to hold an inquiry. Police and RFS investigations have been forwarded to the office for consideration. Goulburn MP Pru Goward also called for such an inquiry last year.

A spokesman for the Coroner’s office said the matter was listed for callover on March 27.

Meantime, Dr Crawford says one of the main issues is what the RFS and State Government is “doing or not doing about wind farms.”

“There is a real question about how fireprone wind farms are to areas,” he said.

“There is research to show that the atmosphere close to the ground (near windfarms) changes temperature, bringing down warmer air and affecting moisture content in vegetation growth.

“…It’s reason to ask the RFS and government, ‘what have you done to understand the effect of wind farms on fire risk’. I’ve lodged a (freedom of information) request on this but have had no response but I expect they’ll say they’ve done nothing.”

Dr Crawford argues it’s incumbent on authorities to absorb this research and inform the community if there is an enhanced fire risk.

Some 38 landowners have joined a class action mounted by Warrnambool-based, Maddens Lawyers. Partner Brendan Pendergast said the firm was claiming in a Supreme Court action that the high voltage line’s design and configuration “gave rise to the ongoing problem of bird strike and that there were other incidents of birds being incinerated at the site.”

It is also claiming that greater vegetation control, implemented by Infigen after the fire, could have mitigated the risk.

Mr Pendergast said the amount claimed by the litigants was confidential at this stage.

“A significant number of people had their lives profoundly impacted both personally and with their enjoyment of the land and farming operations,” he said.

“One particular impact was the loss of amenity on beautiful rural lifestyle properties and complete stands of vegetation wiped out.

“It completely changed the landscape and it’s very difficult to get through that and look to the future.”

Mr Pendergast said some effects, such as erosion and dam siltation, had only become apparent after the fire.

While some of those affected were coping well, others had suffered psychologically.

“The financial impact is something that will take years to recover from. There are people in this action who are struggling,” he said.

The matter is listed for mediation before former Federal Court judge Ray Finkelstein on February 6 in Melbourne. The previous December mediation date was vacated.

The session is a compulsory step in the process and is designed to reach a resolution before trial.

Local Land Services’

One year on, South East Local Land Services is also reflecting on its role.

Delivery support team manager Ken Garner said LLS undertook initial animal welfare and land management assessment, fodder drops and supported those affected and the wider community through a town hall meeting at Tarago with numerous support agencies present.

Asked if LLS had taken any experiences from the event, Mr Garner said it had been a good learning curve.

“We had a relatively new team in place and this was the first major fire we’d participated in,” he said.

“…This was a good test for the organisation and I believe we responded well with people on the ground early, responding to animal welfare etc and providing a good conduit to other organisations like BlazeAid, welfare and Community Health organisations.”

But he said managing and distributing donated fodder was something new and LLS had taken some lessons away.

“People are desperate at that time and you have to prioritise and match it to people’s requirements,” Mr Garner said.

Up at ‘Merigan,’ Mr De Mestre is still counting the cost of losing core breeding stock and kilometres of fencing.

The grass has come back but some windbreaks and grand old oak trees remain in a precarious state.

 

Source:  Currandooley fire impacts linger one year later | Louise Thrower | Goulburn Post | January 16 2018 | www.goulburnpost.com.au

DARK SIDE OF “GREEN”: WIND TURBINE NOISE, FIRES, ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, AND FFATALITIES RAISE SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS NEAR RESIDENTIAL HOMES

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Wind Turbine Fires Signal End of Land-Based Wind Turbines
Posted by Long Islander on April 5, 2018 at 7:48pm

Hanover, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Presque Isle, Maine have all seen dramatic wind turbine fires in the last few weeks.

The obvious challenge facing firefighters is the height involved if a fire occurs in the turbine motor.

Due to the risk of falling fire debris over a wide area, approaching a burning turbine …is usually not an option unless there is a life risk involved. If the turbine is turning, power is being generated and an electrocution hazard will be present.

Typically, a good option for firefighters to consider is to evacuate any endangered areas, set up a collapse zone, and attempt to control any ground fires to prevent the fire from spreading to other units.

In the case of a runaway or over-speed event, rotating turbines can throw debris thousands of feet away during a blade failure. Pieces of blades have been documented in California as traveling over 4,200 feet. Distance and time will fix this problem.

Pre-incident planning and Standard Operation Procedure development are keys to success for safely handling this unique danger.

Between 2005 and 2009 the news media and politicians touted commercial land-based wind turbines. Today your not going to read about the ongoing health, financial fiasco and now mechanical breakdowns resulting in massive fires. The blades can weigh up to seven tons each.

The residents who live near turbines in Falmouth, Massachusetts don’t have fires but have reported problems such as sleep disruption, headaches, vertigo, and nausea. Today residents world wide report the same conditions. The wind industry would have you believe these people world-wide all got together like Hollywood actors making up the same story worldwide for the last eight years ?

Proponents of wind energy admit the turbines do make noise regulatory measured in decibels and infrasound a low-frequency noise called a nuisance or human annoyance. In 2011 the Chief Executive Officer of Vestas wind company CEO Engel Ditlev wrote a letter to Karen Ellemann about low frequency noise. The CEO responded that Vestas does not have the technology to stop the noise. The Town of Falmouth owns two Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines that produce up to 110 decibels of chest pounding noise.

The Falmouth, Massachusetts local town Zoning Board of Appeals decided the wind turbines are a nuisance and in June of 2017 Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued the order to shut down Falmouth’s town-owned Wind 1 and Wind 2.

Here is the video of the most recent wind turbine fire in Presque Isle, Maine –April 1, 2018

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The University of Maine at Presque Isle Wind turbine on fire

Published on Apr 2, 2018

Wind Turbine Accidents – Slideshow

Wind Turbine Accidents

Steimke Wettendorf Obernholz 04.02.2011

Burning Wind Turbine in Portugal

That looks like a very expensive fire, good thing they didn’t sustain casualties from falling debris.

InvEnergy California Ridge Windfarm Turbine Failure

November 21, 2013

http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com

OAKWOOD, IL. (ECWd) –

InvEnergyEarly this morning, there was a wind turbine failure at the California Ridge Wind Farm just north of Oakwood, Illinois near the Newtown Middle School location.

What we do know at this time is that blade debris was thrown an unknown distance InvEnergy2from the turbine, and residents described the incident as “sounded like loud thunder” and “sounded like two trains crashing”. Witnesses also state that the incident shook their whole house, somewhat similar to an earthquake.

InvEnergy workers are on site and have cleaned the debris from the surrounding field, dragging it up to the base of the turbine.

A few days ago during the power outage on November 18, 2013 caused by strong storms, InvEnergy did not have had a plan for lighting the tower safety warning lights (not lit or flashing during power outages), or that plan miserably failed this time.  The warning lights were inoperative from 5 PM till 9 PM.

This power outage and subsequent failure of the warning light system could have resulted in airplanes not seeing the turbines and crashing in to them. Thankfully that did not happen, but it is a subject that needs to be immediately addressed.

160-foot blade breaks off western NY wind turbine

November 18, 2013

http://www.kentucky.com

ORANGEVILLE, N.Y. — A 160-foot-long blade has broken off a turbine at a western New York wind farm, but no injuries resulted from its plummet to the ground.

Hunters tell WIVB in Buffalo (http://bit.ly/17eK5SR ) that it sounded like a cannon or thunderclap when the turbine blade broke off around 7 a.m. Sunday at the Orangeville Wind Farm in Wyoming County. They said they were about a half mile away.

Alissa Kinsky, a spokeswoman for in Invenergy wind power company, said the turbine blade broke during testing. The turbine is one of 58 installed at the wind farm last month.

Kinsky said all turbine operations have been suspended as a precaution and the company is working with General Electric, the turbine manufacturer, to determine what caused the accident.

 

Taming Turbine Fires Before They Start: It’s when, not if…

Author: Scott Starr
Volume: May/June 2011

http://www.nacleanenergy.com

According to reports, the cost of a fire that damages or destroys a wind turbine can be as much as $2 million. Property damage to the turbine, and nearby areas, from fires reported in the past decade ranged between $750,000 and $6 million.

Aside from the imminent hazards of a burning turbine, there is also the risk of sparks, embers, or debris falling to the ground and setting off a wildfire due to the remote location of many wind farms. Even if a turbine is not fully burned or damaged, or a potential fire doesn’t spread to the surrounding countryside, costs can be considerable. This was shown during a recent fire at a wind farm in California, which resulted in the loss of just one converter cabinet. Cost for replacement: $243,000, including parts and downtime.

Although the financial loss and costs of a fire might be the primary concern of any wind farm operator, pressures are building up from environmental groups and the concerned public in general. Turbine fires—and, particularly those that spread—should be a significant concern, affecting the planning stages of any project. To this avail, permitting might be more drawn-out, costly, and time-consuming process. Turbine manufacturers and wind farm operators are now, more than ever, becoming acutely aware of the costs, safety, and the environmental arguments in favor of effective fire detection and suppression. But what are the fire risks associated with wind turbines?

Technical equipment and combustible material are concentrated in the nacelle and, once a fire starts in a turbine, it can be fuelled by up to 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid and lubricants. The nacelle itself is constructed from highly flammable resin and glass fiber, and internal insulation can become contaminated by oil deposits, adding to the overall fuel load.

The most common cause of a turbine fire is a lightning strike—a risk that is heightened by the installation of taller and taller wind turbines. Turbines are now being built that are up to 320 feet high. They’re frequently sited in exposed and high-altitude locations. Globally, there are around 16 million lightning storms and approximately 1.4 billion lightning flashes every year. However, only 25% of these are cloud-to-ground (the remainder are either cloud-to-cloud or intra-cloud); yet, this still equates to the US being hit by between 15 million and 20 million ground strikes a year, according to the Colorado-based National Lightning Safety Institute.

The consequences can be judged from the following example. Recently, a wind turbine caught fire as a result of a lightning strike. Burning parts of the rotor blade, which had been struck, fell and caused a secondary fire in the nacelle—all at a cost of $200,000 and 150 days lost operation.

Mechanical failure or electrical malfunction can also trigger a fire as capacitors, transformers, generators, electrical controls, transmission equipment, and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems all have the potential to catch fire. This risk is amplified when there are loose or broken electrical connections, or there is an overloading of electrical circuits. Braking systems pose a particularly high risk of fire. Overheating can cause hot fragments of the disc brake material to break off, rupturing hydraulic hoses, and resulting in the highly combustible hydraulic fluid being expelled under pressure and coming into contact with the hot disk brake fragments. Hydraulic pumps and connections can also fail, allowing the fluid to erupt into flames when it comes into contact with a hot surface.

A case in point was a fire where a slip-ring fan of a double-fed induction generator broke. Sparks were generated by the rotating fan impeller, which set the filter cabinet’s filter pad alight. The fire then spread to the hood installation, causing $800,000 worth of damage.

With the fire risk becoming greater as more turbines come into operation, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has added wind turbine and outbuilding fire protection standards to NFPA 850 (“Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electric Generating Plants and High Voltage Direct Current Converter Stations;” 2010 Edition). This provides fire protection recommendations for the safety of construction and operating personnel, physical integrity of plant components, and the continuity of plant operations. The revised 2010 edition includes detailed recommendations relating to wind turbine generating facilities.

Wind farms are usually built in isolated locations with restricted access, placing them beyond the prospect of immediate attention by the fire service. Even when emergency services are able to respond quickly, few have the equipment capable of firefighting at the height of modern wind turbines. The solution is an effective fire detection and suppression system. Such a system should be intrinsically safe, not require any external power that can fail or put the system out of operation, and it needs to be able to stop a fire precisely where it breaks out before it can do irreparable damage to the turbine or spread elsewhere. It also needs to be purpose-designed to contend with the vibration, dust, debris, airflow through the nacelle, and the extreme temperature variations. An effective system also has to be capable of providing 24/7 unsupervised wind farm protection.

Wind farm fires do happen, and many in the industry suspect that they occur far more frequently than statistics suggest. This is because a significant number of turbine fires go unreported due to their remote location. Emergency services are not always involved and there are no regulatory requirements to report related fire incidents. Hardly surprising, many insurers are becoming increasingly concerned, and the opinion of many can been summed-up by the following statement: “Fire. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” Better safe than sorry.

Scott Starr is the director of marketing at Scottsdale, Arizona-based Firetrace International. 

Wind turbine goes up in flames

von Dana Heide 28.10.2013

handelsblatt.com

 

A wind turbine burned Sunday in Bördekreis in Sachsen-Anhalt. Firefighters stood by helpless, watching a million euros destroyed. It was not the first such event.

Bordekreis

Düsseldorf. Es sind atemberaubende Aufnahmen, die im Bördekreis in Sachsen-Anhalt
entstanden sind. Ein Windrad steht in Flammen – und mehr als ein Dutzend Feuerwehrmänner stehen in
voller Einsatzmontur hilflos davor.

Nun ermittelt die Polizei nach der Ursache des Brandes – nach Informationen des MDR werde als Grund für den Brand ein technischer Defekt vermutet. Möglicherweise habe sich wegen der Orkanböen der Generator überhitzt. Den Sachschaden schätzte die Polizei auf 1,2 Millionen Euro. Bei dem betroffenen Windrad dürfte es sich um eine V66/1650 des dänischen Herstellers Vestas handeln.

Der Maschinenraum sei vollständig ausgebrannt und ein Rotorblatt stürzte brennend in die Tiefe, berichtet die örtliche Feuerwehr. Brennende Teile seien mehrere hundert Meter weit geflogen. Der Fall zeigt, wie wenig beherrschbar Brände an Windrädern sind – zumal die Anlagen eine immer größere Höhe erreichen.

Dead in fire wind turbine Ooltgensplaat

October 30, 2013

http://www.nltimes.nl

 

A wind turbine caught fire Tuesday afternoon in Ooltgensplaat on Goeree-Overflakkee, costing the lives of two mechanics.Four mechanics were at work in the wind turbine on the Mariadijk, about 80 meters above ground, Tuesday afternoon. By a cause, yet unknown, a fire started in the engine room.

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Because of the height the fire department initially had trouble extinguishing the fire in the engine room. In the evening, a special team of firefighters went up with a large crane, and found the body of the missing man.

The cause of the fire is unclear. The identity of the victims has not been disclosed. The Inspectorate for Social Affairs, formerly the Labour inspection, commenced an investigation.

An eyewitness reported to RTV Rijnmond she saw two mechanics sitting on the tip of the turbine. She saw them jump through the fire toward stairs.