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.
- Divided Communities – Foreign corporations with government subsidies
- Enel (Italy), Iberdrola (Spain), Gaz-‐Metro (Canada), Nordex (Germany)
- Expensive Regulatory Process, Intervenors Consistently Ignored by PSB
- $0 for Towns to participate in the Public Service Board process
- Economics – $$ to “host” town, neighboring towns get $0 or token payments, and negative impacts
- Confidential power costs
- Selling Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) out of state, while getting credit for the SPEED program requirements
- Aviation – Interference with radar and safety issues for airports, gliders, hang gliders
- Aesthetics – Vermont’s landscape and “Unspoiled” “Beautiful” “Mountains”
- Tourism and second home economic impacts have not been evaluated
- Flashing red lights visible beyond 10 miles
- Noise & Health – PSB standard 45 dBA, a level that guarantees complaints
- Infrasound – noise produced by wind turbines, not regulated
- Sleep disturbance, nausea, vertigo, headaches, increased blood pressure
- Setbacks from Property Lines – National norm is 1.1x total height, 1.5x for ice throw. Vestas recommends 1300 foot setbacks.
- 188 feet permitted on Georgia Mountain for 420 foot tall turbines
- 196 feet permitted on Lowell Mountain for 459 foot tall turbines (adjoining property owners sued by wind developers in both cases)
- Shadow Flicker and reflection/glare
- Safety Issues – Blade throw, ice throw, collapse, fire
- Land Access – Posted land around turbines
- Property Values – Lempster NH: dozens of homes for sale around wind project; home sales in Sutton VT chilled
- Clarkson Univ. study – 17% property value decline in 2 of 3 NY counties
- Technology Failures
- Clipper Turbines known to be a flawed design – Sheffield/First Wind
- Gearbox failures regardless of manufacturer at 5-7 years
- Danes acknowledging lifespan is 10-15 years, not 20-25
- Environmental & Natural Resource Impacts
- Habitat fragmentation
- High Altitude Forests
- Carbon sequestration
- Water Supplies
- Sensitive Soils
- Steep Slopes
- Stormwater Runoff
- Iron Floc, Oil
- Intermittency & Claims about number of homes powered
- Until we have storage, intermittency is an issue
- Electric cars promise storage, not yet affordable
- Claims about # of homes powered based on nameplate, not actual output
- Grid Integration Issues
- Grid constraints – curtailment when electricity not needed or cannot be integrated into the system
- GMP must do $10 million upgrade, cost not factored into PSB review
- Lack of Independent Monitoring for Noise, Wildlife and Water Impacts
- Lack of Transparency
- Inadequacy of Decommissioning Funds & Plans
- Lack of Planning for Statewide & Cumulative Impacts
- Do Wind Turbines in New England Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
- Northern New England wind projects competing with other renewables like biomass and hydro
- Producing electricity when there is no demand. Solar better match to shave peak load.
- Oil, coal and nuclear being displaced by natural gas
- Coal plants run infrequently, primarily when cold and natural gas price is high
- Oil usage for electric generation was .6% in 2011, sometimes needed for reliability
- Coal and nuclear are baseload plants that do not ramp
- Most efficient natural gas plant in the ISO-‐NE system is inefficient when it ramps in response to wind
- NE grid has no flex natural gas generators designed to ramp efficiently
- $2 billion has been spent to built 767 MW of big wind in New England at less than 30% capacity factor or about 200 MW of power with 5% reliability factor and no demonstrated fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Economics, Iowa, Law, Publications •
Source: Coalition for Rural Property Rights
Tiny the Turbine is a moral tale that tells the truth about the impacts of industrial wind development in a way children can understand. It has been written by a Highland anti wind campaigner, illustrated by a supporting Cartoonist and published online today.
Some time ago it was discovered that not only were multinational wind developers welcomed into our schools, they come bearing gifts and speak to pupils regarding only the ‘benefits’ of wind development.
Children are asked to name turbines and design logos. They are taken to visit wind farms. The message is clear. Build wind farms – or else the planet will suffer and the polar bears and penguins will die!
The other side of the story has never been told as far as we are aware.
There is no hard evidence that building wind farms will do anything to combat climate change. Many things like grid connection (no matter how many miles), foreign parts and workers, pollution caused in China mining and processing necessary rare earth minerals and decommissioning are not included in any CO₂ savings calculations, making emission claims a farce.
Not only do wind developers go into schools, they produce child friendly stories about turbines. Tommy the Turbine,Timmy the Turbine, Lofty etc. All designed to put a positive spin on a controversial industry and keep profits flowing from the next generation.
Lyndsey Ward wrote Subsidy Sam,illustrated by Josh, in retaliation to this shameless indoctrination earlier in the year. It was a satirical story and really meant for adults.
Subsidy Sam went global and following requests to write a real children’s story Lyndsey came up with Tiny the Turbine and Josh agreed to illustrate it.
Children should never be exposed to indoctrination by multinational companies with a product to sell with no access to the opposing argument. It is happening again and again in Scotland. Fast food and fizzy drink giants were allowed into schools years ago – we now have a child obesity epidemic.
This wee story is moral. It smashes the myths of clean and green and environmentally friendly wind energy. Yet it does so in a way that is reasoned and sensible and so obvious to those who know the other side of the industry, and in a way that children will understand.
Importantly it is written and illustrated by people who are not paid by big industries with the deep pockets of the multinationals. People who care passionately for the environment and also that children are not indoctrinated by an industry determined to keep its shareholders happy. It is an honest reflection of what we see is happening – the other side. The side children are never told.
This tale, although written in Scotland, can be told in any country where there is industrial wind development and we hope it gets used around the world and translated into other languages.
It comes with a foreword from SarahLaurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation in Australia which promotes health research and regulation of environmental noise pollution.
The message in this story to all governments supporting industrial wind is:
Stop access to school children by multinationals which are promoting their wares and are driven by their shareholders and profit margins
Stop allowing communities to be ransacked by wind developers against their will. Give communities a wind veto and the final say on the developments that they are forced to live with.
Stop enriching the already wealthy developers and landowners to the detriment of your own people.
Stop denying the health impacts suffered by humans and by animals.
Stop ignoring pollution concerns regarding drinking water and the environment.
Stop dismissing the deaths of protected birds and bats by turbine blades as numbers are reaching catastrophic proportions across the world.
Speak and act for the people you are paid to serve and not the rich multinationals.
The hands of the wind industry and supporting politicians are stained by the tears of the unwilling communities they have exploited and continue to exploit.
In addition to the above and specifically to the Scottish Government:
Give your citizens the wind veto as our counterparts in England have, so local opinion actually means something in the planning process.
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On 9 June Polish Senate approved the bill providing for mandatory setbacks of new wind farm developments from residential housing, which had already been passed by the Lower House several weeks ago. To become law, the legislation must now be signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda and officially published. The law is expected to come into effect as from 1 July 2016. This new regulation affects rural communities in a number of important ways:
- future wind farms may be sited exclusively on the basis of local “spatial development” plans as adopted by municipality councils. Formerly wind farms could be approved by individual decisions of local authorities (mayors);
- the law provides for mandatory setbacks for industrial wind turbines of 10 times turbine height (total height of a wind turbine, including the blades) from residential housing and “valuable natural areas”, such as Natura 2000 and national parks. Formerly there have been no formal planning requirements in this respect;
- it introduces a new definition of “building structure” into Polish law. The entire wind turbine is now defined as a “building structure”. Formerly the blades and the turbine were not treated as the structure’s components and as such not subject to any technical supervision;
- the law transfers the authority to issue environmental permits from municipal authorities to regional government agencies specialising in environmental protection issues (Regional Environmental Protection Directors).
It needs to be noted that this legislation does not provide for the liquidation of any existing wind farms, does not affect in any way the current operation of these plants or the public subsidy system for industrial wind energy.
A recent report by the Polish National Auditor (NIK) analysed the failure to safeguard the public interest in local planning and approval processes for wind farms. Based on a multiyear inquiry covering 70 local and county level authorities, the report identified massive conflicts of interest (wind farms being sited on lands owned by local officials approving the projects), other widespread violation of local government laws, the lack of proper measurement of sound emissions from wind farms, and failures to properly consult with local communities about the projects.
The Polish Public Health Institute (PIZP-PZH) issued a recommendation that wind farms should be located at least 2 kilometres from people’s residences, citing a comprehensive review of current scientific publications (close to 500 items) and the precautionary principle that is part of the EU law.
10 June 2016 – editors of stopwiatrakom.eu, a national online platform for safe wind turbine setbacks from homes
Mainstream Renewable in violation of noise levels, seeks waiver — request for submissions regarding application
The Alberta Utilities Commission, the independent utilities regulator, will be considering the Oldman 2 wind farm post-construction sound survey at six locations in fulfillment of terms and conditions in Approval U2013-260. [Power Plant Approval U2013-260, Proceeding 2572, Application 1609509, May 15, 2013.]
At one of the six locations evaluated for noise levels near the Oldman 2 wind power plant, as required for compliance with Approval U2013-260, receptor C is in excess of the permissible sound levels.
The operator of the wind farm, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., is requesting, on behalf of Oldman 2 Wind Farm Limited, a waiver to exempt the Oldman 2 wind power plant from having to comply with the permissible sound levels at receptor C.
If you feel you may be affected by this application or if you would like to provide input in this proceeding, you can file a submission with the AUC to review before it makes its decision.
Written submissions are due April 7, 2016.
Additional information about the application
To learn more about the application process contact Jack Davis at 403-592-4467 or email your questions to email@example.com.
The application and any associated documents being reviewed are publicly available on our website.
For further details about the application, please contact the applicant:
Mainstream Renewable Power
Mainstream Renewable Power
Inês Ribeiro Canella
To register your concerns, or your support for the proposed project, please visit the AUC website and log in to the eFiling System to file your submission for Proceeding 21191. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact us at 780-427-4903 for other options for submitting your concerns and participating in this proceeding. If no written submissions are received, the Commission may make its decision without further notice or process.
Those who do not have access to the Internet can send a submission by mail or fax, and the AUC will upload the submission on your behalf. Please send your name, address, phone number, legal land location, description of your land in relation to the proposed development and describe your interest in the land, your business, or your activities which may be affected. Please briefly describe the issues you would like the AUC to consider when making its decision.
To support an open and transparent process, information you send to the AUC will be publicly available through the AUC’s eFiling System. If there is confidential information you would like to file, a request must be made in advance of filing your submission.
Issued on March 15, 2016.
Alberta Utilities Commission
Douglas A. Larder, QC, General Counsel
Announcements, Economics, Environment, Law, Northern Ireland •
Source: Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland
The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development.
It is anticipated that the evidence received will improve the Department’s understanding of the operation and impact of the existing policy approaches as set out in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and provide up-to-date evidence on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both strategic policy areas.
Depending, in part, upon the evidence received following the ‘Calls for Evidence’, the scope of the forthcoming reviews will be refined to focus on the key matters that need to be addressed. The subsequent reviews will be the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download below.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Development in the Countryside’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘COUNTRYSIDE’ in the subject bar.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Renewable Energy’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘RENEWABLE’ in the subject bar.
To ask about alternative document formats please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning (028) 9082 2302, textphone at (028) 9054 0642, or by writing to:
Planning Policy Division,
1–7 Bedford Street,
Environment, Presentations, Vermont •
Source: Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham
Civil and environmental engineer Geoffry Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high-elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.
Grafton (Vermont) Elementary School gymnasium
Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling stormwater run-off from the high-impact, high-elevation construction sites.
He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain.
He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and communities.
Sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Lynn Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-258-3992
Snow/weather date: March 19, 2:00 pm