Investigation Continues Into Turbine Failure At Fenner Wind Farm

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Officials at Enel North America continue an investigation to determine what caused a turbine at the Fenner Wind Farm, located outside of Cazenovia, N.Y., to fall down on Dec. 27.

The farm is owned and operated by Enel subsidiary, Canastota Wind Power LLC, and consists of 20 GE 1.5MW turbines.

Responding to a report of an outage, Fenner employees discovered the turbine failure around 5 am. There were no injuries or local property damage resulting from the incident. The turbine failure was fully contained on property leased by Canastota Wind and well away from public roads and nearby residences.

While local authorities were notified, fire and emergency services were not called to the scene. As a safety precaution, generation and maintenance activities at the wind farm have been temporarily suspended. Power has been restored to the other 19 turbines for heat and safety lights.

According to Enel, measures have also been taken to minimize and mitigate any potential impact to the environment as a result of the incident. The site has been secured and debris contained. Security has also been posted while the investigation continues.

In addition, the company says it has assembled a team of internal and external industry experts to assist in the investigation.

SOURCE: Enel North America

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