These postings are provided to help publicize and provide examples of 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.
Economics, Emissions, Environment, Essays, Health, Impacts, Information, Law, Noise, Property values, Wildlife •
Source: Coalition for Rural Property Rights
Industrial wind turbines are being proposed in your community.
It may seem like a great opportunity but many people regret signing contracts, others regret not having fought them off and others have fought them off.
These are the issues you should educate yourself on.
1. Property values
- Not many people want to live within an industrial installation so the value of your home will be diminished severely. The Berkley study they will bring out is flawed.
2. Electromagnetic and frequency interference
- TV, radio and cell phone signals may be disturbed.
3. Shadow flicker
- Wind companies find it acceptable for NON-participating residents to deal with 30 hours/year of shadow flicker within their homes. If they exceed 30 hours it will be difficult to prove.
- They may talk about how quiet the turbines are but sound is tricky. Often the wind companies will ADD the sound they say they will make to the ambient sound or they will average the sound limits over time. The bottom line is that there is no “sound police”. If you have a problem it will be up to you to prove it.
5. Trespass zoning/safety
- Wind turbine manuals state that in case of a problem with the turbine an area of 500 meters (1640 feet) should be secured around the turbine. This area usually overlaps onto non-participating land. GE, a large manufacturer of wind turbine blades has a formula for ice throw which is 1.5 × (hub height + rotor diameter). According to GCube Insurance, “there are an estimated 3,800 incidences annually of blade failure – a rate of one in 184, or, put more simply, one incident per 61 turbines in operation.”
6. Health concerns
- Many people have reported headaches, heart palpitations, vertigo and dizziness from wind turbines. Some people have difficulty sleeping. They will say that they have many reports that state wind turbines do not harm health but people have been known not to just leave, but to abandon their homes. Yes, even Iowans.
7. Farmland destruction
- Large machinery causes compaction and can crush tiling. If you have a problem it could be up to you to prove it was the fault of the wind company. The point is they will be in charge of your land and you will lose your rights.
8. Neighbor contracts
- You will be offered money that is comes out to a few dollars a day to put up with any negative impacts. You will likely give up your right to sue the company by jury trial. Ask yourselves why these contracts are offered.
- Wind companies CANNOT use eminent domain for their project.
9. No regulation, no due process, no protections
- In Iowa power plants and transmission lines usually have to go through the IUB process. Industrial wind is skirting this process to avoid having to prove need, avoiding public comment, the possibility of a hearing and they can avoid environmental impact studies. Residents in Palo Alto County have sued MidAmerican on this point of law.
10. Killing of wildlife
- Wind energy and its extra transmission lines kill birds and bats. The birds and bats are our natural pesticides. Killing them requires farmers to use more pesticides. Wind companies were given the “right” to kill 4200 eagles each by the last administration.
11. Road destruction
- The large amount of traffic necessary for building turbines will disturb traffic, complicate farming and ruin roads. Even if they promise to fix the roads it will likely be on their timeline and to their own satisfaction.
12. Suffering for the “greater good”
- Even if you believe that excess CO₂ is a problem for Earth consider that in 2016 the American Wind Energy Association boasted that turbines would avoid 159 million metric tons of CO₂. Because man is attributed with producing 35-40 billion metric tons of CO₂ every year that means that even if Big Wind doubled its fleet it still would not avoid over 1% even with its own very optimistic numbers.
- What it really comes down to is money. Even Warren Buffet said “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate,” Buffet told an audience in Omaha, Nebraska recently. “For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Even Midwest electric co-ops have said that they cannot afford to build more turbines because they are tax exempt. Wind turbines and wind energy are NOT cheap. There is a big difference between cost and price.
- The money taken out of the community by diminishing property values, the large loans taken over large swaths of land, the destruction of wildlife, diminished health and the ruination of world class farm ground is not worth the taxes. Especially when you consider the taxes these big companies avoid by tax credits and the tax abatements they enjoy. They will pay no tax the first year, only 5% the second year, increasing every year until at year 7 where they will finally pay the cap of 30%. At that time they will have depreciated the value of the turbines.
Top sites to begin research. No, these folks are not funded by fossil fuels though the wind companies love to say it. All of these sites are purely volunteer, just doing what we believe to be right.
National Wind Watch
Stop These Things
Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition
Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
North American Platform Against Windpower
Mothers Against Wind Turbines
Wind Concerns Ontario
European Platform Against Windfarms
Aujourd’hui, en France, certains promoteurs éoliens tentent d’imposer leurs projets par la force, contraignant les riverains à créer des zones à défendre (ZAD) afin de préserver leur qualité de vie et d’empêcher le saccage industriel d’une nature rurale encore préservée.
Depuis plus de 6 mois, dans plusieurs régions, des habitants de villages ruraux résistent aux forces de l’ordre envoyées par les autorités pour faire passer des convois acheminant des éoliennes par des petites routes de montagne ou de campagne, des chemins vicinaux, qu’il faut détruire, élargir, goudronner.
Ces citoyens tentent d’empêcher des bulldozers de détruire des haies, d’arracher des arbres, de saccager des sites naturels. Ils refusent que des pelleteuses creusent de gigantesques cavités où seront déversés des milliers de tonnes de béton armé.
Depuis plusieurs mois certains de ces résistants sont trainés devant les tribunaux comme des coupables de droit commun, alors que ces initiatives de désespoir sont le résultat de l’immense mépris des responsables du gouvernement et de l’indifférence du Ministre de l’Environnement Nicolas Hulot.
Deux exemples emblématiques font la une des médias régionaux, deux collectifs anti-éoliens qui luttent jour et nuit depuis des mois :
La Fédération Environnement Durable regroupe un millier d’associations de toutes les régions de France. Elle n’utilise que des moyens légaux pour lutter contre l’envahissement de l’habitat rural par l’éolien industriel.
Elle approuve le bien fondé du refus des projets éoliens concernés et lance une alerte : à terme, ces conflits risquent de conduire à des affrontements désespérés de plus en plus violents.
La Fédération Environnement Durable estime que le gouvernement en portera l’entière responsabilité en voulant imposer le développement de l’éolien industriel par la force, et par des mesures de régression du droit de l’environnement par l’effet de la simplification des procédures juridiques.
Paris le 18 janvier 2018
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The Eighth International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise will be held in Lisbon, June 12-14, 2019.
The conference will be held at the Altis Grand Hotel, Rua Castilho, 11, which is within walking distance of the popular areas of Baixa, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Our two main conference spaces are “Europa” and “Londres”.
Environment, Newsletters, Vermont, Wildlife •
Source: Vermonters for a Clean Environment
Gatehouse Media found more than 450 families who have publicly complained about the impacts of living near wind farms. Have a similar experience? Tell your story.
All submissions will be considered for publication.
Questions? Contact them.
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Information, Wildlife •
What can our readers do to support bird-smart wind energy solutions?
First, understand that although climate change is real and must be addressed, we should not be rushing to deploy solutions that damage our continent’s ecologically and economically important birds and bats and their habitats. Beyond their inherent value, these animals perform critical ecological services – such as pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal – that are worth billions of dollars to national economies and enhance the quality of all our lives .
Second, make efforts to keep informed.
- Find out about large-scale commercial wind energy projects planned for your community.
- Go to town meetings and express concern about environmental impacts.
- Ask questions about the independence and scientific integrity of pre-construction risk assessments. These are often conducted by paid consultants to the wind industry.
Speak up to wind energy companies and regulators.
- Push for the company to provide third-party, independent, standardized monitoring of bird and bat kill at the project with all data going directly to state and federal regulators.
- Ask to see and evaluate the mitigation plan and understand what forms of mitigation have proven successful (i.e., proper siting and curtailment of the turbine’s blades) versus those that are untested or unproven.
- Contact and express concern to the power companies that plan to purchase the energy produced.
Rally the support of others.
- Form a group to monitor and question developer activities.
- Reach out to local reporters about the issue and do interviews with them. Be vocal with your concerns.
- Draft op-eds and letters to the editor to local newspapers and magazines expressing your concerns.
And finally, forge alliances and educate others.
- Enlist the help of experts on wind energy and its impacts on wildlife to conduct relevant analyses (e.g., ornithologists, bat biologists, American Bird Conservancy, local Audubon and ornithological societies).
- If state- or federally-protected species are at risk, contact state and federal wildlife agencies to express concern.
- Contact and express concern to your elected representatives at the community, state, and national levels, and especially to your county or state energy siting board.
- Develop a website, Facebook page, listserv, etc. to facilitate communication.
- Offer to speak or distribute materials at local community events, groups, or other gatherings.
Are there ways to address climate change without building thousands of new wind turbines?
Absolutely. There are a variety of ways that we could be addressing climate change without having to build tens of thousands of new wind turbines and hundreds of miles of new power lines and towers.
First and foremost, to slow climate change, it’s essential that we stop rampant deforestation and protect our remaining ecosystems, such as tropical rainforest, coastal mangrove forests and wetlands [2,5,6] and their biodiversity .
Second, we should push for improved energy efficiency and conservation . And third, we should probably be eating less meat. This is obviously a personal choice, but it’s a fact that conventionally raised domestic livestock is a major contributor to greenhouse gases .
Finally, perhaps the best alternative to large-scale commercial wind and solar energy – both of which can be bad for birds when poorly placed in the environment  – is distributed solar energy on our already-built environment. We have the technology to put solar panels on our roads, in our windows, and on existing structures, such as buildings and parking lots. Keeping energy production local will also reduce the need to use power lines and towers to transport the energy produced across the country.
The biggest challenge to this approach will be the power and utility companies themselves. As the technology allows for more energy independence, power and utility companies will fight this change as it limits their ability to profit.
Fully one-third of our native bird species are in need of concerted conservation action in order to ensure their future. Taking action to support bird-smart wind energy solutions can help. Photo by Niek Goossen / Shutterstock
Our irreplaceable birds and bats should not be “collateral damage” in our fight against climate change. Our birds are already in serious trouble, with fully one-third of our native species currently in need of concerted conservation action in order to ensure their future . We could be doing so much better.
- Bello, C., Galetti, M., Pizo, M.A., Fernando, L., Magnago, S., Lima, R.A.F., Peres, C.A., Ovaskainen, O., and Jordano, P. 2015. Defaunation affects carbon storage in tropical forests. Science Advances 1 (11): e1501105. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501105, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501105.
- Enochs, K. 2017. Study: Restoring wetlands could help fix climate change. Voanews.com.
- Gill, M., Smith, P., and Wilkinson, J.N. 2010. Mitigating climate change: The role of domestic livestock. Animal 4 (3): 323–333, doi:10.1017/S1751731109004662.
- Huntington, H., and Smith, E. 2011. Mitigating climate change through energy efficiency: An introduction and overview. The Energy Journal 32, DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol33-SI1-1.
- IUCN. 2017. Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle. Huffington Post.
- Martin, T. and Johnson, J. 2016. The best way to protect us from climate change? Save our ecosystems. The Conversation.com.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2016. State of the Birds, 2016.
- Sahagun, L. 2016. This Mojave Desert solar plant kills 6,000 birds a year. Here’s why that won’t change any time soon. Los Angeles Times.
- Sekercioglu, C. H., D. G. Wenny, and C. G. Whelan, editors. 2016. Why birds matter: avian ecological function and ecosystem services. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
FYI and to encourage and give hope to other communities confronted with a seemingly fruitless battle against wind farms, I offer you an overview of our fight and so far, victory and our new challenge.
Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley (FGRV) gathered together and began its fight against the 161 wind turbines of the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm sometime in late 2009.
With the strong leadership of Dennis and Pamela Wilkerson FGRV was able to fully utilize and direct all the ideas, energies and abilities of our group to wage a determined multi pronged attack to stop the proposed wind farm.
We used yard signs, flyers, bumper stickers, flashing lapel buttons, canvas shopping bags imprinted with our logo, opinion letters, radio interviews, radio ads, a parade float representing the mountain in jeopardy, a full sized billboard on the Columbia Gorge, attendance at city and county meetings, personal meetings with local officials, lobbying State legislators while personally presenting them with boxes of homemade fudge, appeals to any and all officials, contact with regional think tanks, public utility meeting discussions, community meetings, banner waving at local events and businesses, a newsletter and a website. Membership was free but we passed the hat to build our war chest.
FGRV was able to meet with other groups and work unilaterally to attain important resources and information. We concentrated on our agreements, not on our differences. Our committees were manned with several experts in complex fields along with a legislative analyst that trudged through the bureaucracies and legal documents. No one was left without a useful task.
Finally we received notice that “EDP withdraws Antelope Ridge Wind Farm application 9-17-13”. Did that homemade fudge turn the tide???
Is the fight over? No. There will always be another wind project in the wings. We are now in a coalition with StopB2H to prevent a proposed transmission line in our neck of the woods, hills and valleys. This proposed transmission line makes the way for more wind turbines somewhere along its route. The need for the B2H (Boardman to Hemingway) transmission line is not evident in the Idaho Power Company’s stats. So, we continue.