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January 23, 2014

Toppled wind turbine probe could take months

MILL RUN — The spokesman for a Fayette County wind farm says it could take months to determine why a 213-foot tall wind turbine collapsed last week.

NextEra Energy Resources spokesman Steven Stengel tells the Daily American that “it is important that we fully understand what happened and in our experience that takes time.”

Wind turbines are expected to last about 20 to 25 years. The turbine that collapsed Jan. 16 was one of 10 at the Mill Run Wind Energy Center in Springfield Township, which began operating in 2001.

NextEra is based in Juno Beach, Fla. Stengel says the company received a fault indication signal showing a problem with the turbine and when a technician arrived a short time later, he found the turbine lying across an access road.

Nobody was hurt in the collapse.

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