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.

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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