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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Fire is the second most common accident cause in incidents found. Fire can arise from a number of sources - and some turbine types seem more prone to fire than others. A total of 190 fire incidents were found:
By year:
Year
70s
80s
90s
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12*
No.
6
3
2
24
17
15
14
12
21
17
17
13
20
9
* To 30 June 2012 only
The biggest problem with turbine fires is that, because of the turbine height, the fire brigade can do little but watch it burn itself out. While this may be acceptable in reasonably still conditions, in a storm it means burning debris being scattered over a wide area, with obvious consequences. In dry weather there is obviously a wider-area fire risk, especially for those constructed in or close to forest areas and/or close to housing or work places. Three fire accidents have badly burned wind industry workers.

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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.

wind turbines

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.

Letter to Premier Wynne and Ministers Dangers of Catastrophic Failure

April 9, 2013

Letter to Premier Wynne and Ministers,
In the early morning hours of April 2, 2013 there was a catastrophic failure of a wind turbine in the K1 Wind Project located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) in the County of Huron.  This fire resulted in the visible destruction of the turbine hub and blades and the release of contaminant debris in a wide area beyond the actual site of the turbine itself (please see the attached shots of the destroyed turbine).  Mr. Dan Hayden, project manager for the K1 Wind Project, and Mr. Paul Wendelgass of the proposed K2 Wind Project, attended at the ACW Council meeting on the evening of April 2, 2013.  At that meeting Mr. Hayden made a presentation wherein he indicated that, on initial inspection, it was observed that the debris field extended from 100 to 200 metres from the site of the turbine itself.  He also stated that further inspection could show that the debris field extended beyond this distance.  He also advised that the attending fire department confirmed that they were unable to do anything other than let the fire burn itself out and monitor the situation from the ground.  Mr. Wendelgass advised that he contacted the ACW Municipal Office on Wednesday afternoon, April 3rd to inform our Clerk about the turbine fire. This was done only in response to the Clerk’s request for information. 

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Wind turbine blade snaps off in Iowa

Apr 9, 2013 7:10 PM  

by Shaina Humphries

http://www.kbzk.com

Something big is missing at the Eclipse Wind farm in Adair, Iowa – a gigantic wind turbine blade broke loose and crashed into a field.

On Friday, a technician discovered one of the blades – which are almost the size of a football field – on the ground instead of in the air.

Siemens Energy, the turbine manufacturer, is now leading a full investigation into the unusual incident.

Kathleen Law, president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, said, “Wind farms are usually placed in agriculture areas, so they’re out in the rural parts of the states, there are laws that require the wind farms to be set back a distance from residences and occupied buildings.”

Law noted, “Things like this are very rare. We have about 4,500 megawatts of wind turbine electricity in Iowa, and that’s thousands of turbines in Iowa and this is the first instance I have ever heard of turbine blade coming off in Iowa.”

Siemens said in a press release that this has never happened before, and they’re not yet sure what caused the blade to snap off.

Each of the giant blades is actually under warranty, so while a team of experts is working to figure out what happened, the manufacturer is already working to replace the blade for its customer.

 

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RSPB makes a killing… from windfarm giants behind turbines accused of destroying rare birds

7 April 2013

By JAMES DELLINGPOLE

 

  • The charity is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from wind power
  • But millions of birds, including at risk species, are killed by turbines each year

 

The RSPB is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from the wind power industry – despite the turbines killing millions of birds every year.

Golden eagles, hen harriers, Corn Buntings and other rare and threatened species are especially at risk, conservationists say.

Yet in its latest ‘partnership deal’, the bird charity receives £60 for every member who signs up to a dual-fuel account with windfarm developer Ecotricity.

It also receives £40 each time  a customer opens an account  with Triodos Bank, which finances renewable industry projects including wind turbines.

In a previous partnership with Southern & Scottish Electricity (SSE), which invests in wind and other renewable energy, the RSPB admits to having made £1?million over ten years.

The charity claims that windfarms play an important role in the battle against climate change, which ‘poses the single greatest long-term threat to birds and other wildlife’, and that wind turbines caused only ‘significant detrimental effects’ when poorly sited.

But critics argue there is no such thing as a well-sited windfarm and that the charity has been taken over by green zealots.

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Three million dollar 187 Ton Wind Turbine Crashes From 200 Feet

Mar-10-10

http://www.democraticunderground.com

 

Three million dollar 187 Ton Wind Turbine Crashes From 200 Feet, Waking the Neighbor Across the Street. The guy who lives across the street – who probably hasn’t slept a solid night since the grease sticks in the sky were installed – said there was a, um, “thud.”

He’s lucky he has a head, not that if he had been beheaded, “wind will save us” types would give a rat’s ass.

One can never have enough poorly constructed unreliable and dangerous metal hovering over one’s head, so they’ll fork over another 3 million to replace the junkyard in the sky.

This should create “jobs! jobs! jobs!” since there are still 19 other ones waiting to fall down.

The bold is mine. This statement, “no one was hurt” makes the flying shards of metal as deadly as the tritium that uneducated anti-nukes always cry about as they work tirelessly to destroy climate change gas free infrastructure like the largest single source of climate change gas free energy in Vermont, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The difference of course, between Vermont Yankee and the sky junkyard of course, is that Vermont Yankee is reliable and that it has worked for 38 years and will only be destroyed by ignorance and fear.

No word yet on how many people will be killed by the dangerous fossil fuel waste from all the trucks driving around trying to replace the junk heap.

Fire destroys top of wind turbine near Goderich

April 2, 2013

http://london.ctvnews.ca

 

There will be one less wind turbine in Ontario.

An overnight fire has destroyed the top portion of a wind turbine at the Kingsbridge Wind Farm near Goderich, Ont.

The fire in the seven-year-old turbine began around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and had burned itself out about two hours later.

Dan Hayden of Kingsbridge Wind Farm Operations says “It has burnt itself out through the night and we have a team of specialists coming to do a root-cause analysis.”

Neighbours speculate it was a mechanical or electrical problem because the blaze started where all the gears and electronics in the turbine are located.

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Read more: http://london.ctvnews.ca/fire-destroys-top-of-wind-turbine-near-goderich-1.1220567#ixzz2PQ1q2hNs

Concern over wind farms and fires

March 13, 2013

http://www.yasstribune.com.au

 

Residents around the Yass Valley are worried wind turbines will put their properties at risk from bushfires.

The recent Cobbler Road fire tore through land where the Yass Valley and Conroy’s Gap wind farms are proposed.

Bookham property owner Sam Weir said aeroplanes couldn’t fly within one kilometre of a stationary turbine, and weren’t allowed within five kilometres down wind of a moving turbine.

Wind farm company Epuron said turbines wouldn’t stop fire fighting aircraft from assisting during an emergency.

Yass Valley Wind Farm project manager Andrew Wilson said planes wouldn’t be able to fly too close so fire fighting would be different.

 

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Wind turbine collapses in Bradworthy, North Devon

January 29, 2013

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk

 

A 35-metre turbine has collapsed near Holsworthy leaving the tower lying on the ground.

The turbine at East Ash Farm in Bradworthy was erected in 2010 by Dulas Ltd.

Dulas has confirmed this morning that a “complication” has occurred with the turbine and the situation is currently being investigated. They did not want to comment further.

The Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine, which was the first model of its kind to be erected in the country, has a five year warranty.

 

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WIND TURBINES FAN FIRE RISK

January 13, 2013

theland.com.au

ALL rural districts have been harshly reminded that bushfires are a major part of our lives.

Large contingents of volunteer fire fighters with ample aerial support and the occasional fortunate and timely wind shift certainly saved lives, property and livestock. All involved deserve the greatest praise.

How could our elected governments even remotely consider putting this fragile and potentially lethal high fire risk environment at greater risk by approving the construction of hundreds, if not thousands of industrial wind turbines on the top of our ridges and hills?

Wind farm proponents, owners and hosts will all tell you verbatimly that wind turbines pose only a “minimal fire risk”.

Do not misunderstand that this risk, albeit “minimal”, is on top of the already high fire risk, not instead of.

Do we need a new fire risk category for wind farms? Maybe ultra high?

Why is it that common sense goes out the window when the almighty dollar knocks on the door.

Nowhere else in the world are wind turbines built in conditions like ours.

At the moment for example, the Boorowa Shire is confronted with applications from at least three wind farm proponents.

They would like to site approximately 300 turbines ranging in height from 150 metres to 180m. These towers will be placed on top of 40 to 50m high ridges making them overshadow the inhabitants who live and make their living in the valleys below by 200 to 250m. (The Harbour Bridge is 138m from the water to the top).

Planes and helicopters are a major weapon used to control a bushfire and give support to ground crews.

The wind farm proponents brush aside any suggestion their turbines may be a risk to these pilots by saying they will simply shut the turbines down in a fire event.

Obviously pilots cannot nor should not risk death by flying into a nine tonne, 60m smoke-shrouded blade somewhere below them, whether it is moving at 260 kilometres an hour on not. For their own safety, fire crews will need to set up outside the wind farm by as much as 1km to get support.

Allowing a fire a 1km chance to escalate will increase its potential to destroy property and life.

The increased risk will result in increased insurance premiums and claims. Wind farm owners, hosts and neighbours will have to pay the price.

The owners and hosts can use their profits and rental income to cover this additional expense, but the neighbours will be left out of pocket or uninsured.

Owners, hosts and government who have granted approval to create this problem will no doubt find themselves defending damages claims brought on by affected parties and their insurance companies.

This letter and other forms of warning have put the potential defendants on notice. They would be fool hardy to ignore it.

JIM HAMILTON,
“Silverwood”,
Rugby.