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Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  February 11, 2021
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Peaks in bat activity at turbines and the implications for mitigating the impact of wind energy developments on bats

[abstract] Wind turbines are a relatively new threat to bats, causing mortalities worldwide. Reducing these fatalities is essential to ensure that the global increase in wind-energy facilities can occur with minimal impact on bat populations. Although individual bats have been observed approaching wind turbines, and fatalities frequently reported, it is unclear whether bats are actively attracted to, indifferent to, or repelled by, the turbines at large wind-energy installations. In this study, we assessed bat activity at paired turbine and control . . .

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Renewables, land use, and local opposition in the United States

Author:  Gross, Samantha; and Brookings Institution

Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector is crucial to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The American public overwhelmingly favors renewable power, and the costs of wind and solar power have declined rapidly in recent years. However, inherent attributes of wind and solar generation make conflicts over land use and project siting more likely. Power plants and transmission lines will be located in areas not accustomed to industrial development, potentially creating opposition. Wind and solar generation require . . .

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Date added:  October 3, 2019
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Comparison of inaudible windfarm noise and the natural environment noise whilst monitoring brainwaves and heart rate

Author:  Cooper, Steven

ABSTRACT— A pilot study undertaken in late 2017 using inaudible wind turbine noise and persons having a heightened sensitivity to turbine noise found the test subjects could detect the presence of the signal by way of feeling (rather than hearing) the signal. A control group that had not been exposed to wind turbine noise was unable to detect or sense the inaudible signal. A single case study as a precursor to a further pilot study utilised inaudible wind turbine noise, . . .

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Date added:  August 25, 2017
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Report on Wind Turbines to the Town of Enfield

Author:  Enfield Wind Farm Advisory Committee

Contents: Report on Wind Turbines and Noise     Introduction     What Is Noise and How Is It Measured?     Complaints         Wind Turbine Syndrome         Vibroacoustic Disease     What Peer-Reviewed Literature Says     Conclusions and Recommendations Wind Turbine Noise     Summary         Conclusions         Mitigations     Introduction     Animal Studies     Human Studies     Conclusion Ice and Blade Fragment Throw     Introduction     Setback Mitigation     Other Mitigation Measures     Summary Fire, Lightning, Mechanical Failure, Flicker and Other Miscellaneous Issues     Overview – Mechanical Failure, Fire, Lightning     Array Loss/Bearing Failure     Fire     Lightning     Foundation Failure/Turbine Collapse     Flicker     The Impact of . . .

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