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What Wind Turbines Sound Like

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

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This video is available here via You Tube, by courtesy of Larry Wunsch and Better Plan, Wisconsin. Industrial wind turbine noise varies with the atmosphere and terrain. Often one of the quietest places to stand near a turbine is right underneath it. It's a little like standing beneath a 400-foot-tall speaker. Turbine noise is broadcast outward and is especially troublesome at night when the air near the ground is still and the air at hub height is in motion. Standing beneath a turbine in the afternoon is the way most people who do not live in wind farms make their judgement about wind turbine noise. They stand there, listen for a minute, take pictures and drive off, go home and tell their friends that wind turbines don't make noise. People who live in wind farms know more about turbine noise than they ever wanted to, and can't just drive off. Next time you want to listen to turbines, try it at night, about 1,000 feet to a quarter-mile downwind from a turbine to get a better idea about what all the noise about turbine noise is about.


The titles in the box below are available on a compilation DVD (NTSC). Request a copy at DVD/wind-watch.org. Please consider a donation to help support this free public service.

More videos are available in the Resource Documents.

Welcome to Mars Hill

(Maine; 22 min.)

Voices of Tug Hill

(Lewis County, N.Y.; 21 min.)

Life Under a Windplant

(Meyersdale, Pa.; 26 min.)

Wind Turbine Strobe Lights and Eerie Noises

(Fenner and Wethersfield, N.Y.; 7 min.)

Industrial Wind Energy Information

(compilation from above videos and the "Truth About Industrial Wind Energy" presentations; 39 min.)

Wind Farm Issues — Compilation

(Fife, Scotland; 6 min.)

WINDFALL

(Meredith, N.Y.; 1 hr. 23 min.)

WIND RUSH

(Ontario; 42 min.)

La nueva conquista: Eolicos en Oaxaca

(Mexico; 10 min.)

Wind Turbine Syndrome, a matter of bad prevention?

(Denmark; 13 min.)

Wind Turbines and Public Health

(Australia; 7 min.)

No Safe Place

(Prince Edward County, Ont.; 13 min.)

The Falmouth Conference on Human Rights

(Falmouth, Mass.; 5 videos)

Wind Turbine Information Session

(Scituate, Mass.; 2 hr. 10 min.)

Potential Placement of Wind Turbines

(Shelburne, Mass.; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Realities of Wind Energy

(Dekalb County, Ill.; 1 hr. 20 min.)

Battery Blues

(Hawaii; 4.5 min.) This Is Green Energy?

(Lowell, Vt.; 1.5 min.)

Mad World of Wind Turbines

(3.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Construction

(6 min.)

Concrete Pour: Wind Turbine Foundation

(Ireland; 5 min.)

Europe's Ill Wind

(25 min.)

A Taste of What's Planned

(Whitelee, Scotland; 3 min.)

Living Near a Windfarm: Cape Bridgewater, Victoria

(4 interviews)

Victim Impact Statements: Australia

(13 interviews)

Interviews with Wisconsin Wind Farm Residents

(5 interviews)

Wisconsin Wind

(Fond du Lac County and Lincoln Township; 1 hr. 49 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Port Rowan, Ont.; 7.5 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Barrington, R.I.; 17 min.)

Helen Fraser Interview

(Shelburne, Ont.; 21 min.)

Amaranth Wind Turbines, Noise and Health: Barbara Ashbee Interview

(Amaranth, Ont.; 17 min.)

Pandora’s Pinwheels: The Reality of Life with Wind Turbines

(Australia and New Zealand; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Wind Turbines: The Test of Time

(7 min.)

What Wind Turbines Sound Like

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Noise and Shadow Flicker

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 9 min.)

Industrial Wind Turbine Shadow Flicker in Wisconsin 2008

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Flicker

(Scituate, Mass.; 7 videos)

Shadow Flicker and Noise

(Freedom, Maine; 3 videos)

Shadow Flicker

(The Netherlands; 3 min.)

Foliennes -- Éoliennes à tout prix?

(Québec; 7 videos)

The Truth About Industrial Wind Energy

(Kansas; 12 presentations)

Noise of Turbine in Aberdeenshire

(Scotland; 2 min.)

Sound Recording

(Wales)

Wind Turbine Breaks Up in Storm

(Denmark; 3 videos)

Burning Wind Turbine

(Portugal; 4.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Fires

(Germany)

Washing Wind Turbine from Helicopter

(Spain; 3 min.)

The Battle for Cefn Croes

(Wales)

The Destruction of Cefn Croes

(photo collection)

Vulture Fatally Collides With Wind Turbine Blade

(Crete; 30 sec./6 min.)

A Rough Wind: The Impact of Industrial Windmill Facilities on Birds and Other Wildlife

(Pennsylvania; 20 min.)

Raptors and Wind Turbines

(Norway; 6.5 min.)


More videos are available in the Documents Library.

Also see more videos at the National Wind Watch You Tube page


NWW also recommends:

The Politics of Peat

RTE News footage of the bog slides caused by wind facility construction in Derrybrien and other sites in Co. Galway, Ireland
(compiled by the Scottish Wind Assessment Project)
Write to SWAP to obtain a copy.

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