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Oil leaks and spattering on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian ReservationOil leaks and spattering on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian Reservation, east of San Diego, California - photo by Andy Degroot
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Sherman County, OregonPhoto by Jamie Francis, The Oregonian
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Turbulence wake effectAt wind farms where many towers are clustered together, turbulence generated by the massive blades can degrade the performance of other windmills by as much as 10-20 percent. The same turbulence can also trigger vibrations in turbines downwind, leading to component fatigue, excess maintenance costs, and premature part failure. The turbines' wake effect is clearly seen at the Horns Rev offshore wind farm in the North Sea west of Denmark.
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Massive concrete pedestal baseThe AIM Harrow Wind Farm in Essex, Ont., includes 24 turbines, each requiring a massive concrete pedestal base like the one pictured (Tom Taylor/CBC)
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Dec. 2, 2009 - A wind turbine burns in the German city of UelzenDec. 2, 2009 - A wind turbine burns in the German city of Uelzen. The fire on the 130 meter tall turbine caused €750,000 in damage and is believed to have been caused by a technical defect. - DPA
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Pronghorn and wind turbines near Medicine Bow, WyomingPronghorn and wind turbines near Medicine Bow, Wyoming. JONATHAN THOMPSON
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Locust Ridge, Mohonoy City, PennsylvaniaLocust Ridge, Mohonoy City, Pennsylvania - by courtesy of Annette Smith
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No trespassing - Locust Ridge, Mohonoy City, PennsylvaniaNo trespassing - Locust Ridge, Mohonoy City, Pennsylvania - by courtesy of Annette Smith
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Clearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, MaineClearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, Maine
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Clearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, MaineClearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, Maine
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Clearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, MaineClearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, Maine
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Clearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, MaineClearance and road building for Record Hill wind project in Roxbury, Maine
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