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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


September 24, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy conflicts show how Arctic renewable energy projects can founder

At its essence, the Sámi position when it comes to renewable energy in the form of wind turbines and hydroelectric is simple: Herders don’t want their reindeer-herding disrupted by human-made hindrances. Infrastructure such as railways, roads, dams and wind farms all pose problems for herders in one way or another. In the case of wind farms, the problem is twofold: First, their placement can disrupt migration routes, either forcing reindeer and their herders to find a new path between winter . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2020 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Record subsidies for old wind turbines this year

Finland’s energy watchdog estimates that renewable energy subsidies will soar by nearly a third this year, partly due to windy conditions and low electricity prices. Still, experts say the subsidies, which are being phased out over the next decade, represent a net benefit to society. The Energy Authority estimates that renewable energy feed-in tariffs will rise to a record 335 million euros this year. That is over 100 million euros more than last year. If the price of electricity stays . . . Complete story »


April 21, 2020 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Study: Wind turbine noise not the cause of health symptoms

Claims of adverse health effects of the low frequency or infrasound vibrations caused by wind power stations are not supported by the newest, most long-ranging findings on the subject. A long-term government-commissioned study conducted by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and others found that waves of infrasound cause no measurable changes in human physiology, and could not be detected by the human ear in rigorous testing. Project leader Panu Maijala from VTT said that the wind power industry . . . Complete story »


August 4, 2019 • Blogs, FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Infrasound from wind turbines is detected at a distance of 40-60 km from wind parks during more than 50% of the measurement days

The Finnish Association for Environmental Health, SYTe, started measuring infrasound from wind turbines at seven different locations in Finland in the first half of April, 2019. According to the results from May–June the infrasound, from wind turbines can be measured at a distance of at least 30-60 km from the wind parks. In Satakunta, Southern and Northern Ostrobotnia, there is infrasound from wind turbines about half of the measurement days or even almost daily. On average, the infrasound from wind . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2019 • Finland, Norway, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

‘Naive wind industry could destroy our way of life’

Clean power, green jobs, no emissions – the wind industry is used to being one of the good guys. But to Åsa Larsson-Blind, president of the Sami Council, it’s just the latest – and potentially most deadly – industrial threat to a fragile, ancient culture focused around reindeer herding up towards the Arctic Circle. “The wind industry often says it wants to have a dialogue,” Larsson-Blind told Recharge. “But I believe it thinks it is easier to accommodate than it . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2019 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Pilot study shows no significant reduction in damage caused by infrasound until more than 15 kilometers from wind farms

The pilot study carried out in Satakunta and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland shows that the damage caused by infrasound from wind power plants will only decrease significantly more than 15 kilometers away from wind turbines. The study was carried out by the Finnish Association for Environmental Health (SYTe) in the spring 2016. – It has been noticed from experience that after the construction of wind power plants, usually within a few months, people in the surrounding area have begun to . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2018 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tekniska problem i Ömossa vindkraftpark – hälften av möllorna går på tomgång

Produktionen av el haltar vid Ömossa vindkraftpark i Kristinestad på grund av tekniska problem. Fel har hittats i hälften av vindkraftverken som nu står stilla på grund av problemen. – Situationen är den att vi har hittat fel eller abnormaliteter i rotorbladen under kontroller. Därför har ungefär hälften av turbinerna lagts på tomgång medan vi analyserar problemen, säger Frans Liski, vd för EPV vindkraft. På plats har man också en lyftkran för att underlätta undersökningarna av rotorbladen. Ett rotorblad har . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2018 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Firms struggle to cope with Finnish military’s wind turbine ban

In south-east Finland, five wind turbines on the coast of the Gulf of Finland churn out electricity for regional utility Haminan Energia. Half of the electricity the firm sells is produced by wind. Demand for renewable energy is rising, but the company says it cannot build any more windmills in the south-east regions of Kymenlaakso and South Karelia. Since late 2013, the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) has effectively blocked any further wind power projects in south-east Finland, saying that they . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2018 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Infrasound from wind turbines is a new signal in the environment | Tuulivoimaloiden infraääni on uusi signaali ympäristössä

Aunio Group of Oulu has developed a device for measuring and recording infrasound produced by wind turbines. The measurement equipment can be used to produce research data for investigating the characteristics of infrasound and where it spreads, and to analyze and health problems it may cause. The infrasound produced by wind turbines differs from infrasound occurring in nature; the infrasound produced by wind turbines is a distinct signal distinguishable from ambient noise in the environment. Complete story »


June 16, 2017 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Health risks of wind turbines remain up in the air – more research pending

A group of researchers in Finland studying the possible health risks associated with wind turbines say that – so far – they’ve found no evidence that the wind-harnessing energy-makers cause health or environmental problems. However, the research team plans to resume further study on the topic in the autumn. The internet is filled with testimonials and social media posts from people claiming that wind turbines are the source of a variety of health and environmental problems. There have also been . . . Complete story »


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