At TransAlta, the safety of our employees and the public is our top priority.
Intense winter weather systems can create ice build-up on the blades of TransAlta wind facility turbines. Ice build-up can weigh heavily on the blades, creating the risk of ice or snow falling from the turbine if left operating.
We ask that anyone near or around the base of wind turbines during winter months be mindful of the potential safety risk and remain a safe distance from the base of the turbine and its surrounding area.
Please remain an appropriate distance and follow all safety signage surrounding the base of TransAlta wind turbines, especially during periods of high snow and ice build-up.
Preventative Safety Measures
TransAlta will pause wind turbines during periods of high snow and ice build-up as a preventative safety measure.
Temporarily pausing wind turbines helps to prevent ice and snow from being knocked off, preventing a potential safety risk in areas surrounding the turbine.
Pausing the machines prevents ice and snow from knocked from the turbine blades, as well as protecting the blades from damage. As such, there may be times when the wind is blowing, but the blades are not spinning.
Rim Ice Formation – This if formed from freezing mist.
Ice accumulation that has fallen from a wind turbine blade.
Formations can be larger than the example pictured.
Thank you for your cooperation in staying a safe distance away from the base of TransAlta wind turbines during high snow and ice build-up periods.
Together we can ensure TransAlta wind facilities and the surrounding land and recreational areas are safe places for the public and TransAlta staff.
Wind Emergency Contact
In case of wind related emergencies: Call 911 or the local RCMP detachment.
Local Emergency Contact
If you need to report an emergency or safety issue with one of our TransAlta wind facilities: Call 1-403-267-2500