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    These postings are provided to help publicize the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.


    posted:  November 26, 2014
    Action alerts, Health, Noise, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy

    Shirley Wind Human Health Hazard Declaration — Request for Words of Support

    At the October 14, 2014, Brown County (Wisconsin, USA) Board of Health meeting a motion was made to declare the Shirley Wind turbines a Human Health Hazard. The motion was unanimously approved by the Board:

    “To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, Wisconsin, a Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low-Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health.”

    Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE) has issued a press release regarding this Human Health Hazard declaration, which can be seen at: http://bccrwe.com/index.php/8-news/16-duke-energy-s-shirley-wind-declared-human-health-hazard. BCCRWE is requesting your words of support for this action.

    Research indicates that industrial wind turbines can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals if placed too close to homes. BCCRWE has been working intensively for the past 5 years with professional researchers, physicians, acousticians, and legislators to protect citizens of Brown County, the state of Wisconsin, the United States, and those in other countries from the negative health impacts resulting from industrial wind turbines being built too close to people.

    BCCRWE welcomes and encourages individuals, organizations, and governmental agencies from around the world to send their words of support regarding the Board of Health’s action. BCCRWE will pass your emails on to the Brown County Board of Health as support for their courage, integrity, responsibility, intellectual honesty, and care in declaring the industrial wind turbines at Shirley Wind to be human health hazards.

    If you or others you know have experienced negative health impacts from living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines and would like to share that experience along with your words of support with the Brown County Board of Health, please do so.

    Send your words of support, and if applicable your experiences, to: BOHsupport/bccrwe.com

    Thank you.

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    posted:  November 25, 2014
    Action alerts, Campaigns, Economics, Emissions, Environment, Health, Letters, U.S., VermontPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Vermonters for a Clean Environment

    Vermonters’ Plea: DO NOT REINSTATE the Wind Energy PTC

    Dear Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch:

    We, the undersigned, join many thousands of U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers nationwide in urging you and your colleagues to eliminate the 22-year old wind production tax credit (PTC).

    You should know by now that development of wind power in the United States does not reduce our need to maintain and build reliable generation, nor does it add materially to employment in our country. The small amount of energy it generates is intermittent, and hugely landscape-intensive. And this degree of landscape disruption is highly destructive to wildlife, including federally protected species such as eagles and endangered bats.

    Renewable energy tax policy also has fostered a generation of developers who are rewarded for siting turbines on every free acre that has transmission access, no matter how much environmental destruction it requires. The negative effects of erecting turbines too close to where people live are real and ongoing with an unknown number of Vermonters experiencing health problems because of poorly sited wind turbines. Unsurprisingly, more than twelve active lawsuits are pending against wind projects in as many states, including Vermont. More are sure to follow.

    The issues associated with wind power expansion also negatively impact energy prices and disrupt otherwise functional markets. The PTC provides project owners with a significant out-of-market revenue source [1] which invokes predatory pricing practices that unfairly harm the economics of reliable generators. There is no justification for a government program that manipulates otherwise healthy, competitive businesses.

    Attached to this letter are detailed facts supporting the need to end the PTC. After more than two decades, the wind industry is well situated to stand on its own without the PTC. It is time to put an end to this subsidy.

    After 22-years of tax credits, the business of big wind is not about energy production. It’s about tax avoidance. Indeed, an entire financial-market “ecosystem” has evolved around these subsidies. Warren Buffet recently reminded us that wind investment makes no sense without handouts from taxpayers. Wind energy will never be competitive with the price of the fuel it saves and would not sell but for the PTC.

    We respectfully request that Congress resist any temptation to reinstate the expired PTC or associated investment tax credit (ITC). Vermonters’ lives literally depend on you exercising your vote to protect Vermonters from predatory developers.

    [1] At 2.3¢/kWh, the subsidy’s pre-tax value (3.5¢/kWh) equals, or exceeds the wholesale price of power in much of the country.

    Vermonters:  Send your name and address to elizabeth/vce.org to add your name to this letter.

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    posted:  November 18, 2014
    Economics, Emissions, Environment, Health, Law, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Senate of Australia

    Motion to establish Select Committee on Wind Turbines

    Senators Leyonhjelm, Madigan, Day, Xenophon and Back: To move on the next day of sitting—

    (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Wind Turbines be established to inquire into and report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines by 24 June 2015, with particular reference to:

    (a) the effect on household power prices, particularly households which receive no benefit from rooftop solar panels, and the merits of consumer subsidies for operators;

    (b) how effective the Clean Energy Regulator is in performing its legislative responsibilities and whether there is a need to broaden those responsibilities;

    (c) the role and capacity of the National Health and Medical Research Council in providing guidance to state and territory authorities;

    (d) the implementation of planning processes in relation to wind farms, including the level of information available to prospective wind farm hosts;

    (e) the adequacy of monitoring and compliance governance of wind farms;

    (f) the application and integrity of national wind farm guidelines;

    (g) the effect that wind towers have on fauna and aerial operations around turbines, including firefighting and crop management;

    (h) the energy and emission input and output equations from whole-of-life operation of wind turbines; and

    (i) any related matter.

    (2) That the committee consist of 6 senators, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate, and 3 to be nominated by other parties and independent senators.

    (3) That:

    (a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

    (b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

    (c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

    (4) That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

    (5) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

    (6) That the committee elect as chair and deputy chair a member nominated by the minority parties and independent senators.

    (7) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

    (8) That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

    (9) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, has a casting vote.

    (10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

    (11) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

    (12) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

    (13) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public. ( general business notice of motion no. 503 )

    http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fjournals%2Fbe425585-f24f-45b0-9fe6-d9aa9c78ef69%2F0014;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fjournals%2Fbe425585-f24f-45b0-9fe6-d9aa9c78ef69%2F0014%22

    Update:  The motion was passed on 24 November 2014.

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    posted:  November 9, 2014
    Announcements, Noise, Studies, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

    Source:  Independent Noise Working Group

    Working group to investigate wind turbine excess amplitude modulation noise

    30 Oct 2014

    We are pleased to announce the formation of an Independent Noise Working Group to investigate wind turbine Excess Amplitude Modulation noise.

    Ask anyone living close to a wind farm about the noises it makes. Many will tell you that the most annoying is a ‘swish/thump’ from the turbine blades that frequently occurs at night. It isn’t its loudness that upsets – for this they should have protection through the normal planning process – but its recurrent, sleep disturbing, nature. The noise is called ‘excess’ amplitude modulation (EAM). Until recently, EAM has been a mystery that has created a huge problem for the wind power industry, (which presumably does not wish to create intolerable conditions for people living close to wind farms), the planning system (which has to consider the impact on the public when granting permission for wind farms to be built) and local authorities (which have to investigate complaints about the nuisance from working turbines).

    In 2013 the wind industry trade association RenewableUK published a series of in-house commissioned studies that led it to conclude that the EAM problem is ‘too large to ignore’ and in response the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) has convened a Noise Working Group to investigate and propose a method by which it can be controlled. To adequately protect the public from EAM, it is vital that this group:

    1. is independent of any financial interest in wind power;

    2. has experience of field measurement and observation of EAM;

    3. can call on the best available science; and

    4. takes objective note of consultations with other interested parties and scientists.

    Regrettably, its published terms of reference and composition suggest this may not be the case.

    In response to a request from Chris Heaton-Harris MP (Con. Daventry), this new multidisciplinary and financially disinterested group wholly independent from the IoA’s Noise Working Group, will review the evidence for EAM and produce a rationale for effective controls on wind turbine EAM. It will report early in the New Year.

    Contact and Offers of Help
    For more information on this group including its terms of reference, please contact the study editor, Richard Cox at wind-noise@tsp-uk.co.uk

    The group would like to hear from individuals wishing to offer their expertise in these disciplines: Acoustics, Physics, Meteorology, Data Analysis, Environmental Health, Audiology (including sleep disturbance) and legal and planning.

    Download : “Wind Turbine Amplitude Modulation and Planning Control Study Terms of Reference”

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    posted:  September 23, 2014
    Action alerts, France, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Le Vent Tourne

    La saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans menacée par des éoliennes

    La saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans est une ancienne saline industrielle de sel gemme du XVIIIe siècle construite à Arc-et-Senans dans le Doubs en Franche-Comté.

    Elle est menacée par un projet d’éoliennes éantes parfaitement visibles de ce site historique protégé.

    L’association “Le Vent Tourne” dénonce depuis juin 2014 ce projet d’installation d’éoliennes géantes en vallée de la Loue sur le territoire des communes de Byans sur Doubs et Lombard.

    Elle considère que ce projet, initié par un bureau d’études local, partenaire de sociétés basées à Londres et aux Etats-Unis, est le symbole même du fiasco de l’éolien industriel :

    L’association le Vent tourne, après avoir alerté les services et organismes concernés, rencontré des élus soucieux du problème, et forte du soutien des habitants, a fait à l’occasion des journées du patrimoine, une campagne d’affichage dans les communes impactées par le parc éolien

    Contacts :

    LE VENT TOURNE
    Jean-Louis Babouot
    jl.babouot/yahoo.fr

    Fédération Environnement Durable
    Jean-Louis Butré
    contact/environnementdurable.net

    http://environnementdurable.net

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    posted:  August 28, 2014
    Europe, Meetings, Noise, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  European Wind Energy Association

    Wind Turbine Sound 2014

    9-10 December 2014, Malmö, Sweden

    The second edition of EWEA’s technology workshop on wind turbine sound will take place from 9 o 10 December 2014 in in Malmö, Sweden.

    The 2014 EWEA sound workshop will have common threads running through the different sessions. These threads are:

    In relation with these threads, the workshop will cover the following topics:

    Programme outline
    Poster presentations

    Technologieworkshops zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen

    Die zweite Auflage des EWEA-Technologieworkshops zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen findet am 9. und 10. Dezember 2014 in Malmö, Schweden, statt.

    Obwohl Windkraftanlagen zu den höchstentwickelten Technologien zur Erzeugung erneuerbarer Energien zählen, äußern Menschen, die in der näheren Umgebung von Windparks leben, ihren Unmut über die damit verbundene Lärmbelästigung und die Auswirkungen auf die menschliche Gesundheit. Eine der zentralen Herausforderungen für Ingenieure besteht darin, Technologien für eine effiziente Lärmverringerung zu entwickeln. Dieses Anliegen steht bereits seit mehreren Jahren im Fokus.

    Der Workshop zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen des Europäischen Verbands für Windenergie (EWEA) bietet Teilnehmern ein besseres Verständnis der entscheidenden Probleme beim Entwurf geräuschloser Windparks, der Herausforderungen an die Industrie sowie deren Vorgehensweise. Zu den Themen in diesem Jahr zählen die menschliche Wahrnehmung von Geräuschen, nationale Leitlinien zur Lärmbelästigung, reale Geräuschmessungen, Windparkentwürfe Windkraftanlagendesign und die Auswirkungen von Lärmbeschränkungen auf den Windparkbetrieb.

    Es wird erwartet, dass 150 bis 200 Fachkräfte wie etwa Hersteller, Projektentwickler, Risikoassessoren, Akustikberater, Akademiker und Forscher dem Workshop beiwohnen.

    El sonido de las turbinas eólicas 2014

    La segunda edición del taller tecnológico de la EWEA sobre el sonido de las turbinas eólicas se celebrará del 9 al 10 de diciembre de 2014 en Malmö, Suecia.

    La tecnología de las turbinas eólicas es una de las más maduras del conjunto de las pertinentes a la producción de energías renovables. Aun así, las comunidades situadas en su entorno muestran su preocupación por el sonido que producen y sus efectos sobre la salud humana. Uno de los retos de mayor envergadura para los ingenieros es crear tecnologías eficaces que reduzcan el ruido, una labor a la que han dedicado mucho esfuerzo en los últimos años.

    El taller de la EWEA dedicado al sonido de las turbinas eólicas aportará a los asistentes un mayor conocimiento de los temas más importantes relacionados con el diseño de parques eólicos silenciosos, los retos a los que se enfrenta la industria y las opciones de futuro. En la edición de este año se tratará sobre la percepción humana del sonido, directrices nacionales sobre ruido, mediciones del sonido sobre el terreno, diseño de parques eólicos, diseño de turbinas eólicas y la influencia de la restricción sonora en el funcionamiento de los parques eólicos.

    Al taller acudirán entre ciento cincuenta y doscientos profesionales dedicados a la fabricación, el desarrollo de procesos, la evaluación de riesgos, la consultoría acústica, el sector académico y la ciencia.

    Atelier technologique sur le bruit des éoliennes 2014

    La seconde édition de l’atelier technologique de l’EWEA sur le bruit des éoliennes aura lieu du 9 au 10 décembre 2014 à Malmö, en Suède.

    Les éoliennes font partie des technologies les plus avancées en matière de production d’énergie renouvelable, mais les personnes résidant à proximité de fermes d’éoliennes se disent préoccupées par le bruit qu’elles génèrent et son impact sur la santé humaine. L’un des principaux défis pour les ingénieurs est de trouver des technologies efficaces de réduction des émissions sonores, un problème sur lequel ils se penchent depuis quelques années déjà.

    L’atelier de l’EWEA sur le bruit provenant des éoliennes donne aux participants la possibilité de mieux comprendre les considérations essentielles qui entrent en ligne de compte dans la conception de fermes d’éoliennes silencieuses, les défis rencontrés par le secteur et la façon d’aller de l’avant. Cette année, les thèmes incluront la perception humaine des émissions sonores, les directives nationales sur le bruit, les mesures du niveau sonore, la conception de fermes d’éoliennes, la conception d’éoliennes et l’impact de la réduction du bruit sur le fonctionnement des fermes d’éoliennes.

    L’atelier devrait attirer 150 à 200 professionnels, notamment des fabricants, des promoteurs de projet, des évaluateurs de risques, des consultants en acoustique, des universitaires et des chercheurs.

    Workshop tecnologico rumore delle turbine eoliche

    Il 9 e il 10 dicembre 2014 si svolgerà a Malmö, in Svezia, la seconda edizione del workshop tecnologico EWEA sul rumore delle turbine eoliche.

    Anche se le turbine eoliche rappresentano una delle tecnologie più mature per produrre energia rinnovabile, la gente che vive vicino ai parchi eolici ha sollevato delle preoccupazioni riguardo al rumore che producono e all’impatto di questo sulla salute umana. Una delle principali sfide per gli ingegneri è quella di trovare delle efficienti tecnologie di riduzione del rumore, un obbiettivo su cui si sono concentrati negli ultimi anni.

    Il workshop EWEA sul rumore delle turbine eoliche fornisce ai partecipanti l’opportunità di comprendere meglio le questioni chiave coinvolte nella progettazione di parchi eolici silenziosi, le sfide che l’industria deve affrontare e la strada da seguire. Gli argomenti di quest’anno includono la percezione umana del rumore, linee guida nazionali sul rumore, misurazioni del rumore nel mondo reale, progettazione di parchi eolici, progettazione di turbine eoliche e l’impatto della riduzione del rumore sulle operazioni dei parchi eolici.

    Si prevede che il workshop attiri tra 150 a 200 professionisti che comprendono produttori, sviluppatori di progetti, valutatori del rischio, consulenti acustici, accademici e ricercatori.

    Głośność turbin wiatrowych 2014

    W dniach 9-10 grudnia 2014 r. w Malmö, Szwecja, odbędzie się Druga edycja warsztatów technologicznych EWEA nt. głośności farm wiatrowych.

    Mimo iż turbiny wiatrowe są jedną z najdojrzalszych technologii produkcji energii odnawialnej, ludzie mieszkający w pobliżu farm wiatrowych zgłaszają obawy co do generowanego przez nie hałasu i jego oddziaływania na zdrowie człowieka. Jednym z głównych wyzwań stawianych przed inżynierami jest wypracowanie skutecznych technik ograniczania hałasu, na czym koncentrują się od kilku lat.

    Warsztaty EWEA poświęcone głośności turbin wiatrowych stwarzają uczestnikom okazję do lepszego zapoznania się z kluczowymi zagadnieniami projektowania cichych farm wiatrowych, wyzwaniami stojącymi przed sektorem i dalszą drogą rozwoju. Pośród tegorocznych tematów znajdzie się percepcja dźwięku przez człowieka, krajowe wytyczne w zakresie hałasu, pomiary dźwięku w terenie, projekty farm wiatrowych, projekty turbin wiatrowych i wpływ ograniczania hałasu na funkcjonowanie farm wiatrowych.

    W warsztatach ma wziąć udział od 150 do 200 profesjonalistów, między innymi producenci, kierownicy projektów, biegli ds. oceny ryzyka, akustycy, nauczyciele akademiccy i naukowcy.

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    posted:  August 27, 2014
    Advertisements, Aesthetics, Economics, Energy, Maine, RadioPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Saving Maine

    Saving Maine’s first three radio commercials exposing wind power

    “Goodbye, Saddleback Mountain”

    “Poor Wind vs. Tax Breaks”

    “Power Exporter”

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