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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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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One Response to Wind turbine blade snaps off in Iowa

  • Judy olson says:

    Freeborn wind farm – we are under attack in Freeborn County, MN by Invenergy. They have applied for a permit to construct Vestas 110v and 116V in our neighborhood with only 1000 ft setbacks from residences. There is an informational meeting that will include The mn dept. Of Commerce, mn public utilities commission, freeborn county commissioners and the public. We need help. Information or send someone to the meeting that can help us stop this project.

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