April 13, 2016

Today in alternative energy: 40-storey wind turbine, “tipping over” and held up by ROPES, is “safe”?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

There’s a wind turbine in Ferndale, Ontario that’s 380 feet high. That’s like a 40-story building. And it’s leaning over.

They tied a couple of ropes to it. Watch and see. Those turbines weigh more than 100 tons. I’m sure that’s good enough.

Here’s the senior vice president of investor relations and communications with Capstone Infrastructure, which owns the turbine:

“The landowners are safe, the neighbours are safe, properties and structures are safe.”

I mean, those things will never fall over. Ever, ever, ever. No-one needs to worry...

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commented 2016-04-14 15:35:15 -0400
QUESTIONABLE IMPACT commented 7 hours ago

I wasn’t trying to get into a debate on the validity, both short and long term, of wind power. I was simply pointing out that there is zero basis for Bravo’s comment, in fact the opposite is the situation as Germany is still investing strong in wind energy. If you want to bet against the strongest economy in the world then go ahead.
Germany is still investing in migrants as well. All you lefties confuse renewable power with wind and solar. Germany is still investing heavily in coal power. Why would any sane country invests in two opposite technologies at the same time? Because one gets them re-elected and one actually works.
commented 2016-04-14 14:18:45 -0400
Yes, Eileen there are no shortage of opinionated naysayers out there. If you note, I didn’t express an opinion. I simply stated the FACTS, Germany continues to invest in wind power. While there was a slight slowing down in 2008-10, it has ramped up to record level investment and not diminished at least up until the end of 2015 (we will have to wait a year to see this years results).

The choice is yours, go with opinion or go with FACT.
commented 2016-04-14 12:12:54 -0400
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commented 2016-04-14 08:38:24 -0400

I wasn’t trying to get into a debate on the validity, both short and long term, of wind power. I was simply pointing out that there is zero basis for Bravo’s comment, in fact the opposite is the situation as Germany is still investing strong in wind energy. If you want to bet against the strongest economy in the world then go ahead.
commented 2016-04-14 03:54:38 -0400
Good comment DREW… And since Germany got into the wind farm game early on, they now have thousands of turbines approaching their useful “shelf life”, meaning they will either have to be dismantled or refurbishing… So, more expenses, more jacking up of their electric bills… Even many of the “green” Danes are now souring on their original rush to build them… To say nothing of the ongoing decimation of birds and bats…
commented 2016-04-14 00:51:40 -0400
QI Germans pay around the highest rates in Europe and this is the first year the price has not went up. And how does installing them mean they are safe or clean? And you do realize you need wind for them to work eh?
commented 2016-04-14 00:47:27 -0400
Every time I see a picture of a wind turbine, it reminds me of the documentary “Down Wind” televised on Sun News. Residents in the area getting sick with many having to leave, their lives ruined, hoping Wynnebag would halt her madness of putting more of them up but that didn’t stop her. These turbines are monstrosities that don’t do the job & are only useful to line some people’s pockets. The amt of so called carbon footprint & cost to erect these turbines outweigh any benefits (if there even were any benefits)so all it is ….is a feel good gesture by these fake climate change pushers who have no respect for the hard working taxpayer. Shame shame Ms. Wynnebag.
commented 2016-04-13 20:55:52 -0400

Last year Germany installed 1298 new wind turbines with a capacity of 3540 MW, that is about the same growth as it has been since 2010. Yes there was a small slowdown in installations in 2008-10, but today the rate is higher than before.
commented 2016-04-13 20:30:38 -0400
More than one tower has fallen.

Google – “Wind tower fails”

This tower power is a scam anyways – Germany is abandoning them as too expensive and not enough power generated for the money spent.
commented 2016-04-13 20:10:30 -0400
Great video Daryl, I kept waiting to see if the crane was going to fall over or something. I saw a similar crane (different brand, but about same size) lift a water tower off a 450 ft 40 story building a few weeks back. While not quite as large a load as the windmill blade assembly, they did it in crowded downtown Montreal. It took them several days to assemble the crane (with the help of another extremely large crane) and only a few hours to do the actual work.
commented 2016-04-13 19:59:45 -0400

Thank you for elevating the flyting in here, perhaps others can learn from you.
commented 2016-04-13 19:54:17 -0400
commented 2016-04-13 19:47:55 -0400
Blunt force trauma, when it comes down there will be no questioning the impact

You’re a hoot—like an owl that got clipped in the blades
commented 2016-04-13 19:23:15 -0400
Anyone understanding machine maintenance – this would be a maintenance mechanics (sorry “techs”) dream & nightmare – simultaneously. Very high cost maintenance – the higher you are off earths surface, higher costs, higher safety risks. Something like – the bigger you are the harder the fall. lmao
commented 2016-04-13 19:09:24 -0400
Keith never mind the long hot days, I flew over those along the shore of Lake Huron from Sarnia to Collingwood today, and I estimate that the number turning could be counted on your fingers. I fly to Sarnia on a regular basis and it is rare to see more than 50% of these things turning at one time.
commented 2016-04-13 18:56:54 -0400
Yes, this is definitely a problem. The ‘public is safe’ comment is about the fact that the area around the windmill where it could fall over has no structures or public access. They have also place 24 hour guard on the site until the situation is resolved. Even the National Compost covered this story in full, without the sensationalizing: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-115-metre-high-wind-turbine-on-the-bruce-peninsula-begins-listing-facility-owners-tether-it
commented 2016-04-13 18:23:22 -0400
Remember, we as taxpayers still have to pay the full amount for these things, even if they are not producing energy. This means that in the long hot days of summer, when the wind is not blowing, we are paying for electricity that is not being produced.

I wonder how many shares Wynne has purchased in the company that produces these monsters.

Don Quixote, where are you.
commented 2016-04-13 17:53:35 -0400
Welcome to Butts and Wynn’s white elephant emporium.

On a more personal note I would sue the buggers back to the stone age, where their energy technology comes from. Only a drooling imbecile would consider this leading edge tech. Green tech has been a multi trillion dollar windfall for shoddy second rate technology rackets.
commented 2016-04-13 17:41:06 -0400
Since Mr. Boles claims that everything is safe, perhaps he can be held accountable to the Ontario taxpayer for any damages to life or property when that windmill comes down.
commented 2016-04-13 17:29:37 -0400
Fraser McBurney – I couldn’t agree with you more. Those wind turbines are absolutely hideous to look at. Useless garbage they are.
commented 2016-04-13 17:20:00 -0400
Every time LOTTO MAX goes over 40 million and I buy tickets these windmill owner are lucky, because if I ever win LOTTO MAX I will fund the destruction of every windmill. They are an EYESORE and a danger to the people and animals particularly birds. Talking about the environment they are made of metal and plastic which comes from oil and mining plus the fact they don’t work half the time. Ican’t wait until a tornedo comes and blows them down
commented 2016-04-13 17:03:20 -0400
Wow… enviros are so efficient… they’ve reduce ‘tilting at windmills’ to simply ‘tilting windmills’.
commented 2016-04-13 16:51:57 -0400
BLASPHEMY ,wind turbines are sacred and cannot fail, our betters have assured us they are perfect. If they fail it could only be because of Satan Harper or some other evil force trying to turn us against the god ECO. Now bow down in penitence and hope you are worthy of the grace of ECO!
commented 2016-04-13 16:51:29 -0400
Just another round of financial raping courtesy that disgusting vile pig – yes, we’re talking to you Kathleen Wynne.

Hope you rot in hell Wynne for all the financial damage you have brought to Ontario.