What are the impacts of wind turbine developments on water in nearby communities?
That was the main topic at the third in a series of forums held in Grafton, Vermont, regarding a potential wind development project by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables. Continue reading
Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings — but they’ve created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness.
“It gets to be jet-engine loud,” said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They’re suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation and often seek to escape the property where they’ve lived for more than 20 years.
On January 5,2013 NextEra Energy removed a bald eagle’s nest – one of only a few dozen bald eagle nests in Southern Ontario – to make way for an access road to the site of a new industrial wind turbine.
Ontario’s Green Energy Act, the brainchild of outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty, gave the green light to rampant wind development. By 2016, the goal is to more than double the amount of wind power being generated now.
Check out this recent article from The Globe and Mail.
60 people living near Hardscrabble Wind Farm in Herkimer County, NY have sued Iberdrola, the project developer.
Among other things, the suit says the developer was careless and negligent in the following:
– Failing to appropriately assess and test the site
– Utilizing wind turbines that were inappropriate for the site
– Placing wind turbines too close to residential properties
– Placing wind turbines that were too large for the area
– Causing permanent and irreparable harm and damage to neighboring properties
– Failing to adequately represent what effects the turbines would have on the community, including homes
– Intentionally misrepresenting material facts and information
Click here to read the Summons and Complaint document which includes statements of damages from each of the 60 plaintiffs in the case. (see the DAMAGES section, p. 31)
Death knell for wind farms: ‘Enough is Enough’ says minister
by Robert Winnett, Political Editor, The Telegraph, October 30, 2012
Wind farms have been “peppered” across Britain without enough consideration for the countryside and people’s homes, a senior Conservative energy minister admitted last night as he warned “enough is enough”.
John Hayes said that we can “no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities” and added that it “seems extraordinary” they have allowed to spread so much throughout the country.
The energy minister said he had ordered a new analysis of the case for onshore wind power which would form the basis of future government policy, rather than “a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective”. The comments sparked speculation that Conservative ministers are planning to drop their support for wind farms — a move which would trigger a major Coalition rift.
Mr Hayes, who was appointed energy minister in last month’s reshuffle, is understood to believe that there should be a moratorium on new onshore wind farms. Almost 4,000 turbines are set to be built across Britain in the coming years.
Several senior Tories, including Owen Paterson, the new Environment Secretary, also believe the wind farm “blight” has not been properly considered before allowing development. Mr Paterson will formally respond to a government review on the community benefit of wind farms shortly and is expected to warn about their impact on rural areas.
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by Marlene Kennedy, Courthouse News Service Environmental Law Review, October 30, 2012
ALBANY, NY (CN) – Dozens of neighbors of a $200 million wind farm sued the companies behind it, claiming noise and lights give them migraines, make them nervous and keep them up at night. Their dogs bark too much, dairy cows are less productive, and TV and Internet services are interrupted, the 60 plaintiffs claim in Albany County Supreme Court. All live within a mile of the Hardscrabble Wind Power Project, northeast of Utica in the rural communities of Fairfield, Middleville and Norway. Iberdrola Energy Services and a slew of affiliates are named as defendants, along with Hardscrabble Wind Power, Atlantic Wind USA and affiliates, engineering consultant CHM2 Hill and staff acoustical engineer Mark Bastasch.
The property owners claim the defendants “carelessly and negligently failed to
adequately assess and/or test the site of the Hardscrabble project to
determine whether the subject project would be feasible and/or produce
reasonable benefits to the community.” They say the wind farm – with 37
turbines that stand 476 feet tall – is too large, too noisy and too close to their
Click here to read the entire article.
Madison Town Supervisor and Town of Hamilton Opposed
By Chris Hoffman – from Madison County Courier, April 25, 2012
The crowd at the Public Hearing before the Town of Madison Planning Board nearly filled the 350-seat auditorium at Madison Central School on April 18. The hearing opened at 7 p.m. and more than 40 local residents read comments until almost 10:30 p.m.
Comments were overwhelmingly opposed to the project, with only 7 in favor, most of whom were members of the Stone Family who live near the existing windmills on Stone Road and who stated they have experienced no adverse affects. Several speakers subsequently pointed out, however, that comparing the two projects is meaningless because of the difference in size, scope, and siting.
The proposed wind farm would site 36 turbines within and around a residential area that contains over 150 homes, with each turbine nearly 500 feet tall and within setbacks of 1,000 feet from existing homes. Additionally, the proposed turbines are a new model with no track record, as they have never been used anywhere in the country.