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.
Dear National Wind Watch,
I have lived on Monhegan island in Maine for 30 years. Monhegan Island is a small island (1 mi × 3/4 mi) that is located 13 miles off of the coast of Maine, USA, and is a stop-off for many species of birds traveling the Eastern/Atlantic Migratory Flyway route north in the spring and south in the fall along the Eastern coast. In many cases the island is the first piece of land that birds see after flying north from Mexico and southern states over large expanses of water in the spring; they arrive on the island in huge flocks in late May to rest and eat for several days before continuing their migration journey north to Maine and Canada to breed. They come back to the island in the fall to eat as much as they can before heading south back over the water. Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through Monhegan seasonally, and people come from all over the world to witness it annually.
I am writing today as a concerned citizen, and as a fellow bird-lover/bird-watcher, to make you aware of an impending situation/project that I fear could have catastrophic implications for all bird populations that use the Atlantic Flyway and migrate up the Eastern seaboard of the US. There are many people who are still unaware that the government intends to install wind-turbines in the waters only 2-1/2 miles off of Lobster Cove, Monhegan. The federal group has changed an original plan from being a “small test site” to the current plan of putting two of the ‘world’s largest’ wind turbines in the waters right off the island’s shore, with a plan to eventually add 18 more of them in future years. It would undoubtedly have a tragic impact on the migrating birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway, and would kill mass numbers of them as they instinctively fly toward the island to land in the spring/fall. Additionally, the numbers of dead birds would not be ‘countable’ as the dead birds would be quickly washed away by the sea. (The turbines will be two times the height of the Statue of Liberty.)
Monhegan residents have hired a lawyer and are getting many donations to attempt to have this huge project moved to a new, more appropriate location, but we are fighting an uphill battle against a huge conglomerate with millions of dollars that have no vested interest in Maine/Monhegan or its valuable resources. In fact, the power the turbines will be generating will be going directly out of state and the turbines will be built and bought from outside the USA.
As sad as I am for this island community, too small in population (only 60 residents) to stand up to the Goliath that is upon us, and the changes it will mean for those who live here. I am frightened at the potential this project and those huge turbines would have to harm the birds that use the Eastern/Atlantic Migratory route, and the capacity for the machines to wipe out extremely large flocks of very tired, very hungry, and instinctually-driven birds who travel through the area during migration, and that land on this particular island annually in such great numbers because of its geographic location in the ocean.
I am reaching out to National Wind Watch because the potential impact of this project is more far reaching than it may appear. The birds that fly up the Eastern seaboard and land on Monhegan are species that many times are never seen in Maine at all – they are simply on their way to their seasonal residences and as I mentioned, this is the first/last piece of land they see after/before flying such long distances over water. Many Audubon groups and photographers from all over the nation come to witness the spring and fall migrations here, and Monhegan is well-known in many Bird Watching circles as one of the best locations in the world to see birds of so many species and in such large numbers in such a small area. They are easily photographed especially during the spring migration, as the birds are so tired when they arrive here and it’s easy to get close to them.
The wind-turbine project is planned to begin soon, details have been released slowly to avoid opposition as the plans for the project grew. I feel that all Audubon and Nature groups, Aviaries, Conservation groups both national and international, and other concerned birders need to be informed of what is happening here, and the potential impact it will have on so many species of birds that come through this area annually. This project will impact bird populations from Mexico to Canada if allowed to go up in this area so close to Monhegan Island and this migratory bird stop-off. I am hoping there may be a way to protect them before that happens.
Any help, whether it be letters written to political representatives, or maybe lawyers for bird groups or chapters, that could bring more light and more attention to this frightening prospect would be more than appreciated, as Monhegan Island is located right smack-dab in the center of the Eastern/Atlantic Migratory Flyway, a very unique geographically isolated island, where so many birds visit annually. There are other locations where this project would better be suited for experimentation with sea-worthy wind turbines. Wind is obviously a resource we need to tap into, but there are many other locations where these tests for floating turbines can be used that would not so negatively impact millions of birds that are known to migrate through this island every year. Our hope is that through education and advocacy, they will move the turbine project further away from the Atlantic Migratory Flyway and this important migratory island.
For more information about the specifics of the turbine project and what islanders are doing to try to get the project moved to another location, please visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMonhegan – anyone on the committee would be more than happy to talk with you.
Thank you for your consideration,
Economics, Flyers, Iowa, Noise, Property values •
Source: Coalition for Rural Property Rights
Turbines cost you money
- The future of farming is in efficiency and precision.
- Turbine roads and towers decrease efficiency every time a field is worked whether it is planting, harvesting, tillage, spraying or other applications.
- Major seed companies will be less likely to grow seed corn near turbines. They need to be expedient with aerial applications which turbines hinder.
- Turbines can interfere with GPS, drones and any newer technology that requires a consistent signal.
They do not offer nearly enough compensation
- A landowner usually recieves about ½ of the revenue made off the land if a farmer/renter brings the equipment and does the work. Wind companies offer you pennies on the dollars they pocket.
They ask too much in return
- Landowners are asked to give up their rights and give the wind company’s project precedence over anything else including the farming operation. Land managers are starting to discourage the signing of wind easements.
They maintain all power and control
- Ask yourself, if there ever is a disagreement between you and the wind company, who will win?
Nuisance to surrounding community
- Law suits against wind companies have been brought by communities and families that are quietly settled out of court but, if you sign a wind contract you will sign a “nuisance clause” that will keep you from complaining about vibration, noise, turbulence, shadow flicker or stray voltage.
- However, making your neighbors put up with it is rude or even dangerous and you may be held liable.
Your property value could take a hit
- New turbines may not affect property values immediately but what about in 10-20 years when the turbines are showing their age and not producing as much? Will that turbine still be an asset or become an albatross?
- Homes on acreages decrease in value immediately when an industrial wind installation is built nearby.
- Right now in western Iowa the old Enron turbines are being cut off 1 foot above the base and the footings are being left. The turbines that are still standing are now only paying $200/year.
It is NOT what the wind company reps SAY: only what is in the contract is binding.
- Seek the advice of a competent property/real estate lawyer; not every lawyer will understand the specific points of wind contracts.
Just because they SAY that the project will happen does not mean it will happen.
- They do not have the easements they “need”- only 100 people have signed in Palo Alto (50 being absentee) and much of the land is not connected making it useless without the land in between. There are only about 35 in Kossuth, 25 in Emmet/ Dickinson and three in Clay. A wind company had to move on from Royal, Iowa, for lack of interest.
Produzieren wir statt Ökoenergie die nachhaltigste Naturzerstörung?
Über die Schattenseiten der Energiewende zu sprechen gilt als politisch nicht korrekt. Aber soll man deshalb darüber schweigen? Tatsache ist: Die übereilt und planlos in Szene gesetzte Energiewende hat einen ungeheuren Wildwuchs an Windrädern und Solaranlagen hervorgebracht und droht sich zu dem bisher rasantesten Flächenverbrauch aller Zeiten in unserem Land zu entwickeln. Die letzten unzerstörten Landschaften und Naturreservate werden dafür geopfert.
Dabei ist der CO2-Ausstoß hierzulande bislang, wenn überhaupt, nur unwesentlich gesunken. Ein unstillbarer Energiehunger setzt auf unbegrenzte Expansion – allein für unseren Stand-by-Verbrauch laufen im Jahr über 13 000 Windräder.
Der Anstoß zu einer notwendigen Debatte. Mit Beiträgen von namhaften Wissenschaftlern, Energieexperten und Umweltschützern, u.a. Niko Paech und Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Do we produce sustainable natural destruction instead of eco-energy?
Talking about the dark side of the Energy Transition is not politically correct. But should one be silent about it? The fact is that the overpowering and unprecedented Energy Tranasition has generated an enormous growth of wind turbines and solar power plants and is threatening to develop the most rapid land use ever in our country. The last undestroyed landscapes and nature reserves are sacrificed for this.
At the same time, CO2 emissions have so far only marginally declined, if at all. An insatiable energy hunger is based on unlimited expansion – for our stand-by consumption, more than 13,000 wind turbines are running every year.
The impetus for a necessary debate. With contributions from renowned scientists, energy experts and environmentalists, among others Niko Paech and Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Aesthetics, Environment, France, Noise, Property values, Protests •
MANIFESTATION POUR LA DÉFENSE DU PATRIMOINE RURAL, CONTRE LES AFFAIRISTES EOLIENS
A l’initiative de l’Association RAPASSE 16450 Saint-Laurent-de-Céris , un collectif de 22 Associations situées sur les 5 départements jouxtant la Charente, toutes opposées à la défiguration de notre patrimoine rural organisent une manifestation le Samedi 10 décembre 2016, à 9 h 30, à CONFOLENS (16).
Communiqué de Presse
Manifestation pour la défense du Patrimoine Rural contre les affairistes éoliens
Samedi 10 décembre 2016, à 9 h 30, à CONFOLENS (16) en présence de Monsieur Michel BRONCARD, Vice-Président de la Fédération Environnement Durable(FED).
A l’initiative d’un large collectif regroupant des associations des départements du Nord-Charente, Nord-Haute Vienne, Sud Vienne, Ouest-Creuse et Nord-Périgord, qui luttent contre la prolifération planifiée d’usines éoliennes à proximité de nos villages, et invitent les habitants des deux Charentes, du Poitou, du Limousin et du Périgord à manifester leur opposition à l’installation de ces machines à la technologie dépassée.
L’objectif de cette manifestation est de :
- DENONCER la destruction de nos paysages ruraux, les atteintes à la santé (infrasons, basses fréquences), à la faune, la dépréciation immobilière et le bas-bruit de ces projets.
- PORTER les exigences citoyennes : MORATOIRE EOLIEN, GEL DE TOUT PROJET, DE TOUTE CONSTRUCTION, REFERENDUM LOCAL PREALABLE A TOUTE DELIBERATION MUNICIPALE EOLIENNE
La richesse de notre région, ce sont les paysages et cadre de vie propre à attirer de nouveaux habitants, des touristes, et non des zones éoliennes improductives.
Départ Confolens à 9 h 30: Parking École Pierre et Marie Curie, puis Sous-Préfecture, Communauté de Communes jusqu’à la Mairie.
Contacts Presse :
Marcel Puygrenier : STOP EOLIEN :
05 45 71 05 46
Serge Gauthier : RAPASSE
05 45 85 42 80
06 08 88 75 82
Charles Detrain : Président de l’Association RAPASSE :
05 45 29 08 95
06 48 22 76 83
- 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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