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2016 Wind Turbine Accident Report

Summary of Wind Turbine Accident data to 31 March 2016
These accident statistics are copyright Caithness Windfarm Information Forum 2016. The data may be used or referred to by groups or individuals, provided that the source (Caithness Windfarm Information Forum) is acknowledged and our URL quoted at the same time. Caithness Windfarm Information Forum is not responsible for the accuracy of Third Party material or references.

The Summary may be downloaded in printable form here

This is GLOBAL data – see Detailed Accident List with sources and locations

The attached detailed table includes all documented cases of wind turbine related accidents and incidents which could be found and confirmed through press reports or official information releases up to 31 March 2016. CWIF believe that this compendium of accident information may be the most comprehensive available anywhere.

Data in the detailed table attached is by no means fully comprehensive – CWIF believe that what is attached may only be the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of numbers of accidents and their frequency. Indeed on 11 December 2011 the Daily Telegraph reported that RenewableUK confirmed that there had been 1500 wind turbine accidents and incidents in the UK alone in the previous 5 years. Data here reports only 142 UK accidents from 2006-2010 and so the figures here may only represent 9% of actual accidents.

The data does however give an excellent cross-section of the types of accidents which can and do occur, and their consequences. With few exceptions, before about 1997 only data on fatal accidents has been found.

The trend is as expected – as more turbines are built, more accidents occur. Numbers of recorded accidents reflect this, with an average of 21 accidents per year from 1996-2000 inclusive; 57 accidents per year from 2001-2005 inclusive; 118 accidents per year from 2006-10 inclusive, and 164 accidents per year from 2011-15 inclusive.


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Big Turnout for Wind Protest Rally

Janice_6april2016_wind%20rally%20volunteers%204xcolAbout 170 people attended a rally and fundraiser organized by “Save The Nation” in St-Bernardin. Group member Steve Dick said members of the group are still feeling “shock and even anger” after a RES Canada won a contract for a 32-megawatt wind farm in St-Bernardin. “They weren’t expecting the approval to go through,” said Dick.

“Both the premier and MPP Grant Crack had said communities that had voted themselves not a willing host would not likely see projects go forward.” There isn’t much the group can do to fight the project at this point, said Dick, who says he feels the province’s approval process was unfair. “It’s really difficult,” he says, “There’s no real recourse, other than continued public awareness,” he said. There’s no formal appeal process, but group may lobby the landowners who have agreed to host wind turbines, he said.

Janice_6april2016_wind%20rally%20julie%20leroux%204xcolRes Canada’s Gauthier wind farm is one of five proposed wind projects in the country to win a contract from IESO, and one of three wind projects proposed in “not a willing host” communities.

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Niagara Wind More Changes…

fwrn change noticeThe Niagara Region Wind Corporation was issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) on November 6, 2015, in respect of the Niagara Region Wind Farm project (the“Project”). An amendment to the existing approval for an administrative change to the Project was issued by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on November 23,2015; to acknowledge the change in ownership of the Project from ‘Niagara Region Wind Corporation’ to ‘FWRN LP’, as FWRN LP has purchased the Project.

FWRN LP is proposing to make changes to the Project and an application has been made to MOECC to modify the terms and conditions of the Project REA.

Notice of Changes:

“Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the REA was issued, is considered to be a Class 4 Wind Facility. An application has been made to the MOECC to change the project and alter the terms and conditions of the existing REA. The proposed change consists of project design changes to the REA Application and includes:

1. Meteorological (MET) Towers: the installation of three (3) new MET towers to monitor wind speed, wind direction, and other atmospheric parameters, in order to satisfy Independent Electricity System Operator telemetry and forecasting requirements; and,

2. Transmission Line: the addition of an alternate transmission route to avoid pole placement along the Hwy 3 Ministry of Transportation (MTO) right of way to address recent comments received from the MTO.”

Proposed changes include different turbine models and heights.  Details can be found in the proposed modifications report.

To learn more, ask questions or give comments, contact:

  • Project Email Address:
  • Project Website:
  • Project Phone Number: 819-363-6491 or 1-844-363-6491 (toll free)

Shiloh Berriman, Project Coordinator FWRN LP                                    4672 Bartlett Road South, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B1

J.A. (Al) Leggett, Project Manager. Stantec Consulting Ltd.                 300 – 675 Cochrane Drive West Tower, Markham, ON L3R 0B8

Trisha Hughes Environmental Scientist Stantec                                       1-70 Southgate Drive Guelph ON  N1G 4P5

Ontario’s High Electricity Prices Are Bad For Business

“Ontario is probably the worst electricity market in the world,” Pierre-Olivier Pineau, University of Montreal

Ontario’s auditor general just reported that the province paid an extra $37 billion for electricity from 2006-2014, likely the most ludicrous energy story that I’ve ever read (here). Ontario has gone from having some of the most affordable electricity in North America to having some of the most expensive. From 2013-2015 alone, industrial electricity rates increased 16%.

High Cost Electricity Puts Ontario’s Businesses at a Severe Disadvantage (data from AMPCO)


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The Sound of Frustration

child & noiseBetrayed.

That’s how Sen. John Rodgers felt after a compromise on the renewable energy siting bill fell apart in the eleventh hour, a deal that would have included requiring around-the-clock noise monitoring at industrial wind projects.

Rodgers was peeved at Sen. Christopher Bray, a fellow Democrat who is chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, and to a lesser degree at Sen. Brian Campion, who also sits on Natural Resources alongside Rodgers.

The Northeast Kingdom senator was also irritated because he felt supporters of industrial wind had brought political pressure to bear. Their lobbyists, Rodgers said, looked like smiling Cheshire Cats after the monitoring proposal was dropped Thursday.

“The most frustrating part is what I thought was an agreement about sound monitoring was backed out of in the last day, and I think it’s just another example of how much money is spent in this building,” said Rodgers, who represents Essex and Orleans counties.

A child whose family lives near the wind project in Lowell, he said, can only be outside for 15 minutes or so before he has to run back inside covering his ears.

“For all those people who are working in this building for the big checks from the wealthy developers, I wonder how they would feel if it was their children,” Rodgers said Friday morning in an interview.

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The Fight Continues as WAIT-PW heads to Court.

Spring fling Wait=PW

WAIT-PW is scheduled to go to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 18th 10:00 am at 80 Dundas Street, London Ontario.

Your support is requested. Their latest fundraiser is a Spring Fling  with a live band, fun and refreshments and so much more.  Save the date Friday April 8, 2016.

Prizes! Raffles! Dancing!  Donations can also be made via their website at:

Small Change for Big Burden


March 29, 2016
Grimsby Lincoln News

Re. West Lincoln will get $9.2M wind turbine boost, March 18:

Do not be surprised if the residents of West Lincoln are not ecstatic about receiving $9.2M.  Sure, it sounds like a lot of money, but remember it is paid in yearly installments of only $460,000.

It will take 20 years before the money is all in.

When you consider that 44 turbines will be installed, for which the wind proponent expects to make 1M a year, which means $880,000,000 in 20 years, and the lease land owners expect receive a yearly installment of $50,000 for each turbine, equaling $1M, it sort of makes 9.2M paid to West Lincoln small change for the imposition of this project on our community.

Nellie DeHaan, Smithville

Children of Ireland Tommy the Turbine is a fairy tale.


derry-school-pupils-presented-with-tommy-the-turbine-books10:20 Monday 28th of March 2016

Primary seven pupils at a Derry primary school have been presented with copies of a new educational book written by a local teacher.

Pauline Davison’s “Tommy the Turbine,” which was presented recently to pupils at Eglinton Primary School (pictured) tells the story of the journey of a little wind turbine from his home in Canada, to his new life in the beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland.

Tommy feels a little nervous as he makes his journey from Belfast port, and through the countryside…