Reinventing the Windmill, an Innovation Trail Special Series

Reinventing the Windmill, an Innovation Trail Special Series

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 9:00am - Tue, 08/31/2010 - 10:00am

Over the next several weeks our Innovation Trail reporters across upstate will bring you stories about the history -- and the future -- of wind power in New York State.

New York is currently reviewing bids for off-shore wind projects along Lake Ontario.  The process has been closed, and where and how wind will be developed is still under wraps.  But New York has seen a number of wind projects go online in the past decade. Over the next several weeks our Innovation Trail reporters will be filing stories on AM 1370, WXXI-TV, and at that track how energy entrepreneurs are "reinventing the windmill.

On Friday, August 27 on AM 1370 during Morning Edition at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Innovation Trail presents Why Do Turbines Fall Down? In the early hours of a late December morning, almost 8 months ago, a wind turbine weighing almost 200 hundred tons collapsed in Fenner New York. According to the most recent reports, the cause hasn’t been figured out. What caused the Fenner Wind Turbine to fall down? If the cause is still unknown, is it a lack of due diligence or is there an engineering flaw that has been overlooked? What if that turbine were near people, what disaster preparations are in place? Are wind turbines required to be surveyed?

Our series kicked off with a special report – Wind Power Retrospective – during Need to Know Rochester on Friday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. This story looks at how many communities are fighting wind because it’s unknown. But some communities have been living with wind for years. Our reporter discovers what anti-wind concerns were unfounded, and which continue to be an issue. To see the story, click here.

To learn more about this series, visit the Innovation Trail at

What is the Innovation Trail?

In March 2010 WXXI was selected to lead a major journalism initiative in the upstate New York region. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) the project supports the operation of a Local Journalism Center (LJC), which focuses on “The Innovation Trail” by providing in-depth news reports on innovation and the role it plays in the area’s economy. The LJC will enable WXXI and its partnering stations – WNED (Buffalo), WRVO (Oswego/Syracuse), WSKG (Binghamton) and WMHT (Albany) – to pool their resources to provide more extensive multi-media news to the communities served.