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Wind Power News: January 2004

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 26, 2004 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Visual pollution

Consider this: We could be looking at 1,000 or more wind turbines taller than the Statue of Liberty on the high ridges of the Flint Hills, and they would contribute only about one-tenth of 1 percent of our current electricity use. That simply isn't worth the destruction of our unique Tallgrass Prairie land resource. Complete story »


January 25, 2004 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms 'make people sick who live up to a mile away'

Onshore wind farms are a health hazard to people living near them because of the low- frequency noise that they emit, according to new medical studies. Doctors say that the turbines – some of which are taller than Big Ben – can cause headaches and depression among residents living up to a mile away. One survey found that all but one of 14 people living near the Bears Down wind farm at Padstow, Cornwall, where 16 turbines were put up . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2004 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm Blows House Value Away

A FURNESS couple have won a legal ruling proving that the value of their home has been "significantly diminished" by the construction of a windfarm nearby, reports Justin Hawkins. Complete story »


January 9, 2004 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Park Authority raises objection to wind farm

Opposition to plans for England’s biggest windfarm on the fells at Whinash, near Tebay, is growing after the Lake District National Park Authority agreed to lodge an objection to the scheme, reports Justin Hawkins. Authority members this week voted overwhelmingly to add their voices to the chorus of calls for the Department of Trade and Industry to resist West Coast Energy Limited’s application to put up 27 turbines beside the A6 Shap Road – on the border of the Lake . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2004 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

A severe blow to windfarm policy

There is no disguising the scale of the blow administered to the windfarm lobby by a ruling obtained by a Furness couple that their house had been severely devalued by being sited in the shadow of a couple of the turbines. The case was a complex one and the damage to the windfarm industry was a tangential one. The judge did not rule that existing property owners could expect compensation for having their lives blighted by the visual, sound or . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2004 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm blows house value away

A Furness couple have won a legal ruling proving that the value of their home has been “significantly diminished” by the construction of a windfarm nearby, reports Justin Hawkins. Barry Moon and his partner Gill Haythornthwaite live in the shadow of the wind turbines at the controversial Ireleth windfarm near Askam. When they bought Poaka Beck House in 1997, the couple were unaware the arrival of the windfarm was imminent. Previous owners David and Diane Holding failed to tell the . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2004 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

More Attention Must Be Paid to the Harmful Effects

Plymouth GP Dr Amanda Harry has conducted her own survey on the effect of noise on people living near the Bears Down wind farm in Cornwall. Here, she reveals her findings. Complete story »


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