“Mighty Mouse” Knocks Out Wind Turbine! (Minnesota)

Mar 25, 2014

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“Mouse fire in Enxco’s Chanarambie wind turbine” (Minnesota)

— Eagle Siting, baldeaglesitings.blogspot.com (3/24/14)

Enxco filed an “extraordinary event” report with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission today.  Mice got into the electrical equipment, caused an electrical arc and lit the turbine on fire.  Mice happen; they get into places we would rather they did not.  It is interesting to know a mouse can take out a giant industrial turbine.  However, consistent with almost all turbine disaster reports, the wind project managers found out about the problem when a local resident called them.

“At approximately 9:00 AM on December 2, 2013 a local farmer notified the Operations Manager that smoke was observed coming from the access door and the nacelle on turbine #35.”

Citizens with wind company experience know that developers constantly poo-poo any concerns about safety issues.  The consistent, and obviously misleading, marketing message is that “any time there is ANY operational problem, the SCADA system will automatically shut down the turbine operation and notify the managers.”

Yet, reports of turbine fire, noisy mechanical malfunction, “uncontrolled operation,” and “component liberation,” repeatedly state that the wind company found out about the wreck because a citizen called them. In other cases, the turbine maintenance staff “found the turbine lying on the ground” when they came to work in the morning.

No automatic shut down. No notice from the supposed turbine monitoring system to the company.

Why is that?

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  1. Comment by BARRY FUNFAR on 03/25/2014 at 5:35 pm

    The WT crap goes on and on.
    This from a local Falmouth blog.

    Barry Funfar March 25, 2014 at 07:01 AM
    My tenant IS bothered by the turbines. Since he has no desire to work on the yard/gardens his experience inside is minimal to mine outside.
    Barry Funfar March 25, 2014 at 05:17 PM
    In addition: To have lost my gardens of 30+ years to now four years of total neglect, along with the therapy they had provided me on a daily basis, is to have lost, next to family, the most important thing in my life. Though we cannot live there, we will not be giving up our property because of the inactions of this Town and State, both horribly off the track of reality and moral compass. It is sad for me to say that I have had to leave the country I fought for to find peace and freedom in a near 3rd world country.
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  2. Comment by Anonymous on 03/25/2014 at 5:42 pm

    TEE HEE HEE! Hey Mickey, we hope that you marry Minnie Mouse and have many many babies. We hope you will enjoy our trail of cheese that will lead you to a very nice dry little house but it is very rumbly and you all may get headaches or nosebleeds but don’t worry, you will get used to that.

    And they all lived happily ever after.

    The End.

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